Chongryon feted Kim in Pyongyang

JIJI

The General Association of Korean Residents in Japan opened some 140 food stalls in Pyongyang for the 100th anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s late founder, Kim Il Sung, on April 15, officials of the pro-Pyongyang association said.

A senior official of the pro-Pyongyang association, Chongryon, secretly took a photo of the market that was made available by RENK, a nongovernmental organization aimed at helping North Koreans.

According to the Chongryon official, the market was open for 21 days from April 5 at four locations in the North Korean capital, serving popcorn, ice cream, “oden” Japanese-style pot-au-feu and “yakisoba” fried noodles.

It is believed to have attracted more than 100,000 people, with total sales estimated at ¥20 million or more, the official said.

The money will be given to the North Korean government to help cover the cost of the anniversary event, the official said.

The move is apparently aimed at showing the association’s loyalty to the reclusive state’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, sources said.