Latest Target of Kim Jong Un's Wrath: Failed Lobster Breeders

Says terrapin farm may 'impair prestige' of Korean Workers' Party
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2015 11:54 AM CDT
Latest Target of Kim Jong Un's Wrath: Failed Lobster Breeders
In this Wednesday, April 9, 2014 image made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps during the Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)

Employees at a terrapin farm on the outskirts of Pyongyang might want to lay low for a while. According to North Korean state news agency KCNA, their Dear Leader isn't too pleased with the way things are managed at Taedonggang Terrapin Farm, which was visited by Kim Jong Un’s father and created to "provide the people with tasty and nutritious terrapin widely known as a precious tonic from olden time," Kim said, per CNN. A few of the "serious shortcomings" he identified during a recent visit: the farm had a different atmosphere than others he was used to, there was no room set aside for studying revolutionary history, and there were no freshwater lobsters.

As Kim's party had sent lobsters to the farm for breeding, Kim blamed the faults on the "incompetence, outmoded way of thinking and irresponsible work style" of the farm’s managers, per the Wall Street Journal. Lobsters are expected at this year’s 70th anniversary celebration of the Korean Workers' Party, and with sanctions limiting luxury imports, they need to come from inside the country. "All personnel and people of the country are working hard round the clock to make good presents" for the event, KCNA said. Kim ominously noted the farm "may bring such grave consequences as impairing the prestige of the party." (Mushroom sports drink should be in ready supply, maybe for a nice hike up the country's tallest mountain.)

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