Kim Jong-un: pizza, chips and uranium bombs for North Korea

Mixed messages as supreme leader relaxes rules but continues to pursue nuclear arsenal

LAST UPDATED AT 11:15 ON Tue 3 Jul 2012

NORTH KOREAN supreme leader Kim Jong-un has relaxed the rules on Western influences in his communist nation, apparently revoking bans on mobile phones and fast-food. But his attempts to portray himself as a "warmer" leader have been dampened by claims that, like his late father, Kim Jong-il, he remains intent on producing uranium bombs.
 
Kim Jong-un took over last December following his father’s death and, according to research by the Samsung Economic Research Institute, is trying to create a "warm, fatherly impression" towards his citizens, more like his grandfather Kim Il-sung than the cold Kim Jong-il.
 
As a result, more mobile phones have been made available and previously banned foods, such as pizza, chips and hamburgers, have been endorsed by the leader.  The Daily Mail even reports that women, who once faced a police warning or penalty for wearing trousers in the street, are increasingly being seen in trousers, platform shoes and earrings.
 
Children handpicked by party officials are also being given free trips to zoos, concerts and amusement parks as part of a drive to focus on the younger generation, in a bid to create the "children's heaven nation".
 
However, this "rebranding" of North Korea will not be helped by claims in two Japanese papers yesterday that, before his death, Kim Jong-il had instructed his scientists to produce "a massive amount" of uranium bombs.
 
As The Daily Telegraph reports, Kim Jong-il’s directive is believed to have turned up in an internal regime document compiled in February, well after his death, for senior officials of the ruling Workers' Party.

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. · 

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