Kim Jong-Un spends £122,000 on imported attractive lingerie for North Korea

  • North Korean officers get pleasure from lives of luxurious as inhabitants subsists on nothing 

North Korean despot Kim Jong-Un spent £122,000 on girls’s fancy underwear within the house of a 12 months as his inhabitants suffers in destitution, knowledge suggests.

Trade figures present the Hermit Kingdom imported a haul of bras, girdles, corsets, braces, suspenders and garters in 2022, the most up-to-date 12 months with knowledge accessible.

With 60 per cent of the inhabitants estimated to be dwelling in absolute poverty, racy lingerie is probably going destined for the wardrobes of the nation’s slender elite and so-called ‘Pleasure Squad’ of two,000 girls and ladies reportedly employed to supply officers and company with leisure.

The elusive higher echelons additionally loved some £2,675,000 price of spirits and liqueurs, principally coming from principal commerce associate China. And North Koreans may entry £12.6mn price of tobacco merchandise imported in 2022, together with cigars, cigarettes and cigarillos.

Champagne was reserved for a tiny minority, nevertheless, with glowing wine imports valued at simply £15,000 – to be paired with a tiny £38,000 price of Chinese cheese.

And on the finish of a protracted day, senior officers may chill with a sport of pinball, the nation importing some £203,000 price of online game consoles and parlour video games – as abnormal residents report meals is so scarce their neighbours are ravenous to dying.

North Korean children play folk games at the Kim Il Sung Square on the occasion of Lunar New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea Saturday, February 10, 2024

North Korean youngsters play people video games on the Kim Il Sung Square on the event of Lunar New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea Saturday, February 10, 2024

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits an industrial factory in Gimhwa-gun, February 7, 2024

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un visits an industrial manufacturing facility in Gimhwa-gun, February 7, 2024

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a ceremony in North Korea on February 8, 2024

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un attends a ceremony in North Korea on February 8, 2024

Still, the £122,000 spent on underwear is tiny subsequent to the £2.7mn dropped in 2016.

North Korea was reported to have imported an enormous amount of pants from China, doubling 2015’s document, for the Kippumjo, or ‘Pleasure Squad’.

Defectors have spoken candidly in regards to the horrifying actuality of the collectives ‘maintained’ by generations of North Korean leaders, anticipated to carry out sexualised leisure to high-ranking occasion officers and their households, in addition to international company.

Some have alleged the women are even plucked from school rooms – some as younger as 13 – and subjected to medical assessments to test they’re virgins earlier than being pressured into a lifetime of sexual servitude.

Defectors have spoken about attending drunken intercourse events the place girls would have their pubic hair shaved as a forfeit in the event that they misplaced video games.

Trade knowledge suggests North Korea’s elites nonetheless get pleasure from a small amount of luxurious items as the broader inhabitants subsists on a median wages as little as £4.40 per day.

Sweet-toothed North Koreans imported £2.1mn price of chocolate in 2022 – a restoration to pre-pandemic highs after slumping to simply £738,000 in 2020 and £566,000 in 2021. Belgium and Germany as soon as shared small portions of cocoa merchandise, the info exhibits, however North Korea is now reliant totally on China.

Beer can also be making a comeback, with £113,000 spent dwarfing the measly £7,000 determine recorded in 2021 – however a far cry from the £10.8mn splurged in 2019.

It was not clear what occurred in North Korea for the inhabitants to spend simply £80,000 on imported rest room paper in 2022 after spending £675,000 in 2020 and £1.13mn in 2019. Data for 2021 was not accessible.

Moving to the kitchen, the numbers counsel North Koreans might have dabbled with international cuisines in 2022, importing £521,000 price of pasta. Italy herself imported £90mn price in the identical 12 months.

Pineapple on pizza was possible out the query in each nations, with North Korea not recording any imports of pineapples, avocados or mangoes in 2022. Brazil had beforehand shared small portions of fruits.

Oddly sufficient, North Korea additionally appeared to surrender on melons in 2022, too, recording no imports – down from £73,000 price in 2020, £2.66mn in 2019 and £2.77mn in 2018.

There was additionally little house for leisure in North Korea’s economic system. Some £2,000 was spent on pageant/carnival leisure together with magic methods and novelty jokes – down from £61,000 in 2019.

Perhaps relatedly, the nation stopped importing German sausages in 2022 after discovering a tiny market price £9,000 in 2018.

Sweets, too, proved unpopular, making up simply £86,000 price of imports.

North Korea did import some video games, nevertheless, spending £203,000 on international online game consoles/parlour video games (like pinball machines) in 2022.

Children may make use of a number of the £14,000 price of modelling pastes imported, used for teenagers’ leisure and dentistry.

Musical virtuosos misplaced out, capable of import simply £4,000 price of stringed devices (guitars, violins and so on.) down from £201,000 in 2018.

Readers had been additionally at a loss for one thing to do. Data confirmed North Korea purchased an estimated £1,000 price of Polish newspapers and periodicals in 2019 – after which by no means imported something once more.

China supplied the nation’s elite with some £46,000 price of fragrance however has stopped exporting fancy international wrist-watches, the info suggests. In 2018, the nation bought North Korea simply £31,000 price of watches – price lower than some top-end Swiss timepieces – after which stopped recording any commerce.

North Korea imported £729,871,000 price of merchandise from China in 2022 – 98.1 per cent of the worth of all gadgets.

That determine was up from 2021 (£188,000,000) and 2020 (£382,000,000) however means down from 2018’s figures (£1.66bn).

Britain’s complete product imports in 2022 had been calculated to be £665,635,859,000.

These figures don’t embody commerce of providers.

Most merchandise purchased from international distributors had been from China, adopted by the US, Germany, Norway, France, Italy and the Netherlands.

Kim Jong Un visits an industrial factory in Gimhwa-gun, North Korea, on February 7, 2024

Kim Jong Un visits an industrial manufacturing facility in Gimhwa-gun, North Korea, on February 7, 2024

Kim Jong Un (R), his daughter and wife Ri Sol Ju (L) attend a military parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army on February 8, 2023

Kim Jong Un (R), his daughter and spouse Ri Sol Ju (L) attend a army parade celebrating the seventy fifth anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army on February 8, 2023

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C-L) walking with his daughter in late 2022

North Korean chief Kim Jong-un (C-L) strolling together with his daughter in late 2022

Britain exported £432,570,855,000 price of merchandise the identical 12 months, the info exhibits.

These had been principally despatched to the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, China, Switzerland and France.

North Korea, against this, exported some £253,995,000 price of products in 2022, principally to China, Senegal and Aruba within the Caribbean Sea.

Data on North Korean compiled by Trade Map is predicated on bilateral commerce flows reported by the nation’s buying and selling companions.