Kim Jong Un splashed out on some really lovely, expensive things while his people starved a UN report has revealed.
The North Korean dictator treated himself to goodies including a fleet of luxury cars and a 1,000-person private theatre the United Nations Commission of Inquiry into Pyongyang's human rights record revealed.
The 372-page report, released on Monday after a year-long investigation into the country, said Kim Jong Un’s regime tried to import luxury Mercedes-Benz vehicles, high-end musical recording equipment and - not one, not two, but dozens of pianos.
"Luxury good expenditure by the DPRK rose to $645.8 million in 2012,” the report said, citing a 2013 article from the The Mirror.
“Reportedly, this was a sharp increase from the average of $300 million a year under Kim Jong Il.”
Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, who died in 2011, was also infamous for spending lavishly while his people starved.
He reportedly had 17 different palaces within the nation, including a private resort near Baekdu Mountain, a seaside home in the city of Wonsan and a massive complex northeast of Pyongyang.
The elder Kim, who was obsessed with Elvis Presley and American movies, reportedly spent $1 million per year importing cognac and had dozens of luxury automobiles.
He also reportedly had a collection of 20,000 DVD films, including American favourites such as Rambo and Friday the 13th.
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The regime rakes in funds for luxury spending by engaging in legal and illegal activities, such as assisting in the illegal sale of alcohol in Islamic countries and the trafficking of ivory from Africa to China, a former North Korean official said in the report.
"They are kept [in] the personal disposal of the Supreme Leader and used to cover personal expenses of the Supreme Leader, his family and other elites surrounding him, as well as other politically sensitive expenditures,” the report said, according to Reuters.
The report also accuses North Korea of “systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations,” and crimes against humanity which may be brought to the International Criminal Court.Suggest a correction