North Korea is struggling with food, according to South Korean media which are widely known as spreading all sorts of unbased rumors regarding Pyongyang.
According to the South’s outlet Chosun Ilbo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has even gone so far that he’s ordered citizens to their pet dogs so they can be killed and eaten as, reportedly, a new famine threatens the country.
“Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down,” a source told the newspaper.
The pets are rounded up, with some of them being sent to zoos and others being sold directly to the restaurant trade.
This is in line with claims by a North Korean defector Gim Gyu Min claimed that the famine became so chronic in the late 90’s that he witnessed people being forced to eat each other, including a mother who was arrested for cooking her own son in a cauldron.
“It was a common thing at the time. It was not surprising,” said Min.
According to the outlet, Kim claimed that it was Western “decadence” to even have a pet dog and “a ‘tainted’ trend by bourgeois ideology,” Kim in July ordered that dogs be confiscated.
“Ordinary people raise pigs and livestock on their porches, but high-ranking officials and the wealthy own pet dogs, which stoked some resentment,” the source said.
Just days earlier, it was reported that Kim Jong-Un had his own food reserves, that he was forced to tap into to feed North Korea.
According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim ordered grain from his special food reserves to be dispensed to victims of the recent flooding. The report also claimed that no one from the county Kim visited died in the flooding, though similar flooding has killed dozens in South Korea and China.
“It is of primary importance to immediately supply the victims with bedding, daily necessaries, medicines and other necessities to stabilize their living as early as possible,” KNCA quoted Kim as noting.
“Upon receiving the grain, the residents expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the benevolent father of people who regards their misfortune as his greatest pain and spares nothing for alleviating it,” KCNA claimed in another dispatch.
This was a worrisome trend.
“I think everyone’s aware that Kim Jong Un’s grain reserve reserves a special stockpile of grain that can only be used in the event of war,” Thae said during a panel hosted by the Heritage Foundation think-tank.
“I think … this means that North Korea’s current food situation is really, really difficult; and the second, because of [these] coronavirus cases, North Korea is really in a difficult condition,” Thae added. “I think Kim Jong Un wants to send a kind of SOS signal to China, who is the only one who can send emergency aid to North Korea.”
Regardless, despite the potentially grave situation, the South is losing no time in spreading propaganda that is being spread without any semblance of evidence. It is similar to reports of various North Korean figures being killed for very insignificant transgressions, just to appear alive and well just days, weeks or months later.
Seoul and Pyongyang are in de facto war, and propaganda spreading is commonplace in such a situation. Mainstream media, however, is only providing one side of the narrative as fact, while almost entirely disregarding the other, and not subjecting it to any scrutiny whatsoever.
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