Dog meat is still a popular dish in North Korea
Kim Il-sung, the first supreme leader of North Korea, enjoyed dog meat stuffed with chicken at least twice per day and the CIA documents brands the dish his “favourite food”.
In fact, his love for dog meat was so great that it was rumoured to be the reason behind his increasing obesity, the CIA document claims.
The document states: “Kim preferred all kinds of meats to other foods and ate fish and vegetables only rarely. A basic item of each meal was rice mixed with Indian millet.
“His favourite food, however, was dog meat stuffed with chicken, which he demanded every day at both the morning and evening meals.
“It was rumoured in Pyongyang that his fondness for this dish was responsible for his growing obesity.”
Dogs are sold at markets across Asia to be eaten
Kim Il-sung, often referred to as the Eternal leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, was also a keen chef – despite having five cooks in his city residence.
The document, first distributed in May 1951, also claims: “Kim’s relations with his staff were good, and he would occasionally step into the kitchen to discuss the method of cooking some dish or to demonstrate it, for cooking was his hobby.”
The official CIA document in full
Dog meat remains a popular dish in North Korea today and, according to the CIA report, there is a popular belief that “dog meat maintains virility”.
In August, barbaric leader Kim Jong-un declared dog meat a “stamina food” and encouraged North Koreans to beat the dogs before flaying and scorching them to make the meat even tastier.
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Cooked dog – known as “dangogi” or sweet meat in Korean – is also being described to the country’s starving masses as having more vitamins than chicken, pork, beef and duck as well as having medicinal benefit for the stomach and intestines.
The newly released CIA report was first written in 1951, during the Korean War that Kim Il-sung is widely believed to have started.
He became the designated premier when the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was proclaimed in September 1948.
There are more than 500 statues of Kim Il-sung in North Korea and his picture hangs in every train station and airport.