Kim Jong Un Vows Retaliation Against United States for Sanctions as Reports Emerge of Parents Eating Their Children

Famine chronic in communist North Korea


North Korea's December missile launch eventually yielded condemnation and new sanctions (levied against the North Korean space agency) from the United Nations, just last week. The condemnation was responded to, predictably, with more bluster from the regime in Pyongyang; North Korea threatened "all out" action against the United States and acknowledged what the world already knew, that there was indeed a military intent to the missile launches. While even North Korea's only ally, China, urged restraint, North Korea continued to blow hard. From the New York Times:

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has ordered his top military and party officials to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures" to retaliate against American-led United Nations sanctions on the country, the North's official media reported Sunday.

North Korea did not clarify what those measures might be, but it referred to a series of earlier statements in which Mr. Kim's government has threatened to launch more long-range rockets and conduct a third nuclear test to build an ability to "target" the United States.

In the meantime, the people of North Korea continue to starve, with the latest reports being of filicide. From the Independent:

Reports from inside the secretive famine-hit pariah state, North Korea, claim a man has been executed after murdering his two children for food.

The grim suggestion that North Koreans are turning to cannibalism were reported by theAsia Press, and published in the Sunday Times.

They claim a 'hidden famine' in the farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae has killed 10,000 people, and there are fears that cannibalism is spreading throughout the country…

In one particularly disturbing report, a man was said to have dug up his grandchild's corpse. Other lurid reports included the suggestion that some men boiled their children before eating them.

The original Sunday Times of London article, behind a paywall.

Last month Reason TV talked to Shin Dong-hyuk, who was born and spent his entire life in a North Korean labor camp, the infamous Kaechon #14, before escaping at the age of 23: