Published: 4:37 PM 07/22/2011
According to Beijing customs, North Korean officials imported about $46 million worth of food and $10 million in foreign cigarettes and liquor. That’s a 117-percent increase since just last year. The spending includes $7.5 million on Marlboros and $2.4 million on Japanese beer and Hennessy whiskey. (Kim Jong-Il’s greatest ‘accomplishments’ [SLIDESHOW])
Political elites in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital city, also have McDonald’s hamburgers delivered to their homes from China, and imports of luxury items from Gucci, Armani and Rolex have also increased.