Kim Jong Un Has It Bad for, Er, Cheese

Corpulent dictator apparently has a soft, cheesy side
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2014 2:11 PM CDT
Kim Jong Un Has It Bad for, Er, Cheese
Former North Korean residents prepare to release balloons carrying leaflets and a banner condemning Kim Jong Un, Monday, Sept. 8.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

You know who really likes some cheese? Kim Jong Un, that's who. Or at least that's what North Korean defectors are telling outlets including the Mirror. Specifically, Dear Leader Junior is—wait for it—"crackers for" Emmental cheese, a habit he apparently picked up while in boarding school in Switzerland, and has it imported even as his own people famously starve. Kim has appeared looking bloated in public lately, notes the Mirror, and there are whispers that he's in poor health. But maybe there's a reason: "North Koreans think being fat is good, unlike South Koreans who want to be skinny," says a North Korean defector. "There is a high chance Jong Un intentionally gained weight to look like (grandfather Kim) Il Sung." Kim tried to send his minions to France to learn how to make cheese, reports UPI, but was foiled. (More North Korea stories.)

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