Kim’s plan to take on the world of cos­met­ics

The New Zealand Herald - - WORLD -

North Korean dic­ta­tor Kim Jong Un has taken a break from war­mon­ger­ing and fir­ing bal­lis­tic mis­siles to in­spect a cos­met­ics fac­tory in the coun­try’s cap­i­tal, Py­ongyang.

State newswire KCNA re­ported that his wife, Ri Sol Ju, made a rare pub­lic ap­pear­ance to join him, re­leas­ing un­dated pho­tos of her gaz­ing over his shoul­der as he picks up cos­metic prod­ucts and talks ex­cit­edly about make-up, dis­play­ing his trade­mark laugh.

The supreme leader’s sis­ter, Kim Yo Jong, also lis­tened in­tently in the back­ground as he re­port­edly urged the cos­met­ics in­dus­try to be­come “world com­pet­i­tive” and praised the fac­tory for help­ing North Korean women to “be more beau­ti­ful”.

The va­ri­ety of cos­met­ics gave him great joy, re­ported KCNA, adding that he said “not only the pat­tern of their ves­sels but packing boxes are very nice”.

De­spite trad­ing reg­u­lar bel­li­cose in­sults with US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, North Korea’s strong­man ap­pears to have been at pains re­cently to re­veal a softer, more benev­o­lent side.

A few weeks ago, he was pic­tured beam­ing hap­pily as he picked up a tiny, pink child’s trainer shoe at the Ryu­won footwear fac­tory.

Ac­cord­ing to a For­eign Min­istry press re­lease, he said the fac­tory re­minded him of the “warm, lov­ing care” his fa­ther, Kim Jong Il, had for the North Korean peo­ple, and stated that the buzzing sound of pro­duc­tion was like a “pow­er­ful song of ad­vance by the army”.

It seems even dic­ta­tors can’t re­sist a gift bag of prod­ucts.

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