From the archive, originally posted by: [ spectre ]
Blackout: While S. Korea is a blaze of light,
there’s barely a glimmer in N. Korea
Thug Passion #1
* 1 1/2 oz. Alize (Red or Yellow)
* 1 oz. Cognac (Preferably Hennessy V.S.)
Instructions: Shake over ice and serve in a rocks glass.
Submitted By: Kim Jong-Il, Lode Star of the 21st Century, Peerless Leader, Beloved Leader, Dear Leader, Great Suryong (chieftain), the Sun
of Revolution, the Sun of Life, the Sun of Juche (self-reliance, the ruling principle), Fatherly Leader of all Koreans, The Sun of the 21st Century, the Eternal Sun, the Guardian Deity of the Planet, the Sun of Socialism, the Ever-Victorious General.
U.S. : CUT OFF KIM’S HOOCH
By ANDY SOLTIS / NYPost
October 10, 2006 — The United States moved quickly yesterday to seek tough U.N. sanctions against North Korea – including an export ban that would cut off alcohol-guzzling Kim Jong Il’s flow of his beloved top-shelf booze. The U.S. plan for hard-hitting sanctions against the rogue communist nation came as world leaders joined the international outcry against Kim’s underground test Sunday night of a nuclear weapon. The Bush administration urged the United Nations to take urgent steps, including:
* Banning sales of military hardware to North Korea,
* Inspecting all cargo entering or leaving the country, and
* Freezing assets connected with its weapons programs.
But it was a ban on countries exporting “luxury” items to North Korea that would hit Kim the hardest – right in his prodigious liquor
cabinet, stocked with the world’s best libations. The often-drunk Pyongyang dictator is known for his huge consumption of
pricey French wines, Johnnie Walker scotch and the finest cognac. He is said to spend an astounding $650,000 a year just for Hennessy
cognac, and the basement of his official residence is a wine cellar with nearly 10,000 bottles of one of France’s most famous exports. And
those foreigners who have spent time with Kim say his thirst is never sated. Reaction to Kim’s boast of a successful nuclear test was swift
at the U.N. Security Council.
All 15 ambassadors ripped into North Korea during the council’s 30-minute meeting. “No one defended it. No one even came close to defending it,” U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said of the nuclear test disclosed Sunday night. Even China, North Korea’s biggest friend and trading partner, decried Kim’s bid to join the nuclear club. The council should react “firmly, constructively [but] prudently” to “this challenge,” Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya told fellow delegates.
But North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador, Pak Gil Yon, made the bizarre claim that the world should congratulate his country for its scientific
achievement – and its bold step to ensure peace. Pak said the test will contribute “to the maintenance and guarantee of peace and security in the peninsula and the region.” The North Korean announcement is ominous because Kim already has missiles capable of
delivering a nuclear bomb to its Asian neighbors, including Japan.
But President Bush warned that North Korea, “one of the world’s leading proliferators” of arms technology, also could sell its new weapon to Iran, Syria – or terrorist groups. “Once again, North Korea has defied the will of the international community and the international community will respond,” Bush said. China and Russia are the foot-draggers in the international struggle to halt Iran’s nuclear effort. They would play a crucial role if sanctions are imposed because they control the border through which most North Korean trade flows. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with Bush to form a united front against Kim. “The presidents share the view that North Korea’s . . . actions are damaging for the nonproliferation regime and in this connection note the need for coordinated actions to resolve this problem,” the Kremlin said.
A U.S. draft resolution said the North Korean test should be covered by Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which deals explicitly with threats to international peace and security. It won swift support. “The time has come to have a Chapter 7 resolution,” France’s U.N. ambassador, Jean-Marc de la Sabliere, said. Bolton said the United Nations had to act even before the North Korea test had been confirmed. “We think it’s important to respond even to the claim of a nuclear test by the North Koreans and we’ll be going 24/7 if we need to be to get this resolution adopted quickly,” he said.
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North Korea might now have The Bomb, but it doesn’t have much electricity
As the world grapples with how to rein in the “axis of evil” state which this week conducted a nuclear test, this spectacular satellite
photo unveiled yesterday by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld shows in stark detail the haves and have-nots of the Korean peninsula. The regime in the north is so short of electricity that the whole country is switched off at 9 p.m. – apart from the capital of Pyongyang where dictator Kim Jong-il and his cohorts live in relative luxury. But even there, lighting is drastically reduced.
The result, as shown in this picture taken one night earlier this week, is a startling contrast between the blacked-out north and the south,
which is ablaze with light, particularly around major cities and the capital, Seoul, in the north-west of the country. Mr Rumsfeld showed the picture to illustrate how backward the northern regime really is – and how oppressed its people are. Without electricity there can be none of the appliances that make life easy and that we take for granted, he said. “Except for my wife and family, that is my favourite photo,” said Mr Rumsfeld. “It says it all. There’s the south, the same people as the north, the same resources north and south, and the big difference is in the south it’s a free political system and a free economic system. “The people in the north are starving, their growth is stunted. It’s a shame, a tragedy.” An aide added: “This oppressive regime is too busy trying to make war to make life comfortable for its people.”
SEOUL, South Korea – One story about Kim Jong Il, the much-caricatured dictator of North Korea, goes like this:
He is driving through the streets of his capital, Pyongyang, one day and notices a shivering, female traffic officer. Struck in part, perhaps, by her beauty, Kim sets off immediately to personally design and issue new, warmer uniforms. The point to be taken from this story is not the example it makes of his tendency to micromanage the affairs of his country, his twisted sense of empathy, or his penchant for beautiful women. The point is that Kim’s life is told in anecdotes, nearly impossible to substantiate, stories that may speak of his excesses, his appetite, his cruelty, his desire to control, or his peculiarities. “The problems separating myth from reality are quite profound,” said Dr. Jerrold Post, a former CIA analyst and as much a Kim Jong Il expert as exists. Post, now director of George Washington University’s political psychology program, included the traffic-cop anecdote in a profile he wrote on the North Korean leader.
The matching pants and jackets in tan and gray, the big sunglasses, the puffed-up hairdo, the platform shoes, and of course the maniacal
personality. Roughly, they make up the composite many Americans and others have of Kim. That and whatever they remember from the movie, “Team America: World Police,” the puppet-animation political satire, which features a Kim Jong Il character singing about how lonely he is. Seldom has someone the world knows so little about been so universally identifiable, his image so fixed and specific. Feared, ridiculed, hated, Kim, 64 or 65 depending on which report is believed, has been described as ruthless yet charming at times, articulate and a true wit. He has been described as narcissistic yet self-effacing, reclusive but adoring the company of a large entourage and habitually nocturnal.
He is thought to be a movie buff, possessing a collection of more than 15,000 movies, enjoying in particular action films like the James Bond movies, “Rambo” and the horror classic “Friday the 13th.” He has denied this but acknowledged being a fan of NBA basketball. Among the other tidbits of the man known to his countrymen as “Dear Leader:” He is known to have spoken in public only once. He has a taste for fine wines and Hennessy cognac, a weakness that costs him up to $800,000 a year. He has a fear of flying and travels by armored train. While traveling he rarely leaves his country except for journeys to China and Russia, during which he once had lobsters airlifted for dinner.
He owns yachts, limousines and thoroughbreds. For entertainment he employs a “joy brigade,” beautiful young women recruited by virtue of their flawless posture and complexion to indulge Kim and his guests. Every grain of rice he eats is inspected for visual flaws. And it is
cooked only in the traditional manner, over a wood fire, the fuel felled from the forests of North Korea’s highest mountain. Although the
leader of a starving nation, he enjoys imported caviar, shark’s liver and sushi. Most of what is known about Kim is gathered from defectors interviewed by South Korean intelligence officers, and the few Westerners who have had the chance to meet him. Very little information comes from direct observation, but from second-hand stories told by people with possible political biases.
And then, there is the South Korean actress and her film director husband, whom Kim kidnapped in 1978. The two spent eight years in North Korea as Kim’s “guests,” forced to help him build a film industry in his country. According to a book the couple wrote about their captivity, Kim reportedly asked the actress Choe Un-hui upon their first meeting, “Well, Madame Choe, what do you think of my physique? Small as a midget’s droppings, aren’t I?”
His height has been reported to be 5-feet-2 or 5-feet-3, with the aid of heels. Partly because of Kim’s short stature, Post said, “one can
see that underneath his grandiose facade, he is a very insecure individual.” Another contributing factor, Post said, was Kim’s having to succeed his father Kim Il-sung, a leader of god-like status. Observers have concluded that Kim is not insane or unintelligent. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, one of the few Western dignitaries to meet Kim, described him as well-informed, conversant and hardly delusional. She brought him a gift of a basketball signed by Michael Jordan. “I found him very much on top of his brief,” she said at the time in various news reports, although she thought some of his ideas about the North Korean economy sounded illogical. He, if not his people, has free access to the Internet and media.
Post used the term “malignant narcissism” to describe Kim, characterized by paranoia and a lack of empathy and conscience. His reputed paranoia may have been piqued with the invasion of Iraq, the removal of Saddam Hussein, the talk of regime change, and the mention of his country as part of President Bush’s “Axis of Evil.” It is estimated that one-third of his country’s financial resources go toward military spending. North Korea’s million-man army is the world’s fifth largest. He took power in 1994 when his father died, though the title of president was retired out of respect for his father. Officially Kim Jong Il holds several titles, Supreme Commander of the army and General Secretary of his party among them. According to interviews with defectors, the younger Kim is far more autocratic than his father, who sought the advice of his ministers. His successor is thought to be one of his three sons, Kim Jong-chul. Married three times, Kim Jong Il also has one daughter.
At least two acts of terrorism have been linked to Kim, who is also thought to have funded his military aspirations by trading in illegal
drugs. South Korea accused him in 1983 of a bombing in Burma that killed 17 visiting South Korean officials, among them four cabinet
members. South Korea also accused him of the 1987 bombing of a Korean Air jetliner that killed all 115 aboard. A North Korean agent later confessed to the bombing saying it was ordered by Kim. In keeping with his Oz-like aura, his voice has been broadcast only once, in 1992 during a military parade. He took the microphone and
said, “Glory to the heroic soldiers of the People’s Army!”
Earnest diplomats, led by the five great national powerhouses of the globe, were last week deliberating in the United Nations Security
Council on how-among other things-to best stem the flow of luxury goods (read cognac) that help Beloved Leader Kim Jong Il lubricate his stay in power by catering to the expensive tastes of his clique of elderly but powerful generals who raise their spirits (read cognac,
again!) while downing the spirits of their oppressed countrymen. But even as the intense talks were going on behind closed doors in New York, crucial light on the matter was being shed here in Manila, behind the closed doors of the private room of the Makati Shangri-La’s snazzy Red restaurant. Our host at the cozy luncheon was a senior manager of Hennessy, who had flown here from cognac country in France to regale us on his company’s premier product.
Over a leisurely meal which was washed down with measured amounts of cognac, French hospitality kicked in and made a slow assault on the brain cells. And it was in this mood of bonhomie that our genial host mentioned that his next stop was South Korea. We immediately pointed out that given the ongoing circumstances in New York, perhaps he should be dropping by Pyongyang and offering reassurances that Kim’s stocks of cognac will continue to flow-all the more seeing that the Beloved Leader is considered to be one of the
biggest customers of the company. With a disarming smile, the Hennessy man very much in the know pointed out that such concerns will be accommodated, as always, through the diplomatic pouch of the North Korean Embassy in Paris!