(Image source: ABC News)

 

BY HARUMENDHAH HELMY
ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY


It’s almost like an episode of Extreme Makeover: North Korea edition. The reclusive country’s youthful new leader Kim Jong-un is changing quite a few customs. He’s now allowing women to wear platform shoes, pants -- including skinny jeans! Fox News has more.


“And that is not all. Kim Jong-un is also endorsing foods like pizza, burgers, fries. They used to be taboo, too.”
 

On top of that, Kim is allowing nationwide cellphone use and performance of pop music. He also recently took a group of school children on a trip to an amusement park. ABC News says the Swiss-educated Kim is on a path of rebranding and appealing to the youth.
 

“All this is an attempt to forge a new image for himself and his country. … For Kim Jong-un, power in the future lies in whether these children will grow up to be his genuine fans.”
 

Kim’s fashion and food mandates may seem like big changes for a country that’s been so isolated for decades — but these commentators on CNN aren’t impressed.
 

“I mean, it just shows you how hermetically sealed North Korea is and how insane this place is...”
“Platform shoes are hardly the issue if people don’t have enough food. I mean, you can’t actually get meats or...”


The Week says if the North really wants an international makeover — it’s going to have to try harder, following recent reports of the late Kim Jong-il’s orders to mass produce nuclear weapons.
 

“... this ‘rebranding’ ... will not be helped by claims in two Japanese papers [Monday] that, before his death, Kim Jong-il had instructed his scientists to produce ‘a massive amount’ of uranium bombs. … The document was apparently intended to make it clear to party rivals that new leader Kim Jong-un had inherited his late father's policy of attempting to develop nuclear weapons to protect his regime.”
 

The United Nations has also released a report saying the North is still actively defying international sanctions by continuing its attempt to ship weapons to Myanmar and Syria.
 

 

 

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Jul 3, 2012

North Korea Appears to Rebrand its Image

(Image source: ABC News)

 

BY HARUMENDHAH HELMY
ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY


It’s almost like an episode of Extreme Makeover: North Korea edition. The reclusive country’s youthful new leader Kim Jong-un is changing quite a few customs. He’s now allowing women to wear platform shoes, pants -- including skinny jeans! Fox News has more.


“And that is not all. Kim Jong-un is also endorsing foods like pizza, burgers, fries. They used to be taboo, too.”
 

On top of that, Kim is allowing nationwide cellphone use and performance of pop music. He also recently took a group of school children on a trip to an amusement park. ABC News says the Swiss-educated Kim is on a path of rebranding and appealing to the youth.
 

“All this is an attempt to forge a new image for himself and his country. … For Kim Jong-un, power in the future lies in whether these children will grow up to be his genuine fans.”
 

Kim’s fashion and food mandates may seem like big changes for a country that’s been so isolated for decades — but these commentators on CNN aren’t impressed.
 

“I mean, it just shows you how hermetically sealed North Korea is and how insane this place is...”
“Platform shoes are hardly the issue if people don’t have enough food. I mean, you can’t actually get meats or...”


The Week says if the North really wants an international makeover — it’s going to have to try harder, following recent reports of the late Kim Jong-il’s orders to mass produce nuclear weapons.
 

“... this ‘rebranding’ ... will not be helped by claims in two Japanese papers [Monday] that, before his death, Kim Jong-il had instructed his scientists to produce ‘a massive amount’ of uranium bombs. … The document was apparently intended to make it clear to party rivals that new leader Kim Jong-un had inherited his late father's policy of attempting to develop nuclear weapons to protect his regime.”
 

The United Nations has also released a report saying the North is still actively defying international sanctions by continuing its attempt to ship weapons to Myanmar and Syria.
 

 

 

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