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Kim Jong-il's Love in an Elevator

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At which member of the guidance travel party is General-Secretary Kim going to hurl this apple? (Photo: KCNA)

This is an admittedly trivial posting, but KCNA has a short story about Kim Jong-il’s guidance tour of Pothonggang Shop.  Last week I posted that General-Secretary Kim was in a more laudatory, kindler, gentler General’s role in his guidance tours, but it seems during the August guidance tour he witheringly enquired of a member of his entourage why there was no elevator in the two-story shop.   Perhaps his documented health setbacks incited such concern “for the aged and women.”  Of course, General-Secretary Kim did not realize that such amenities as elevators (provided it could be constructed, unlike some Pyongyang apartment buildings) in two-story shops are also utilized by younger people who are too lazy to take the stairs.

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This article was written on 28 Oct 2009, and is filled under Guidance Tours, Kim Jong-il, On the Spot Guidance.

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