Kim Jong-un opens new terminal at Pyongyang Airport, reportedly has designer executed

Pyongyang International Airport, which receives roughly 60 flights a week, yesterday opened a gleaming new terminal, after Kim Jong-un, the portly young heir to the Kim Dynasty, inspected it and offered what the North Koreans call “on the spot guidance.”  Note the official carrying a notepad to write down every single brilliant insight he offered while touring the facility with his fashionably attired pretty young wife.

Evidently, despite the three pages of huzzahs for the new facility offered in the official newspaper Rodong Shinmun and the enthusiastic coverage on state television...

...the diminutive dictator found some aspects of the design wanting.  Perhaps the lack of heroic statues of himself?  Yahoo News UK reports:

Kim smiled as he posed next to chocolate fountains and espresso bars - but in in private was so furious at ‘defects’ that he had the airport’s designer killed.

Executions are common in North Korea, with senior officials being killed for offences as minor as watching South Korean soap operas.

Airport design chief Ma Won Chun disappeared late last year, and is thought to have been executed after Kim voiced his dissatisfaction with the airport, according to The Diplomat.

Chun was executed for ‘for corrupt practices and failure to follow orders.’

Kim Jong Un issued a statement saying, ‘Defects were manifested in the last phase of the construction of the Terminal 2 because the designers failed to bear in mind the party’s idea of architectural beauty that is the life and soul and core in architecture to preserve the character and national identity.

‘It is necessary to finish the construction of the terminal to be an icon of Korea, the face of the country and the gateway to Pyongyang.

In other NoKo news, SkyNews reports:

North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, threatening to add to the country's chronic food shortages.

The admission by the secretive communist state comes as new pictures emerged of the country's leader Kim Jong-Un apparently enjoying military firing exercises.

The North's KCNA news agency said rice paddies around the country, including the main farming regions of Hwanghae and Phyongan provinces, were drying up due to lack of rain.

Using the short form of the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, KCNA said: "The worst drought in 100 years continues in the DPRK, causing great damage to its agricultural field."

It will raise concerns for the population in a country where the United Nations says almost a third of children under five are stunted because of poor nutrition.

It suffered a devastating famine in the 1990s and has relied on international food aid, but this has dropped off in recent years, because of Pyongyang's restrictions on humanitarian workers and reluctance to allow monitoring of food distribution.

In the last famine, it is believed that a million North Koreans starved to death.  This time is claimed to be more serious.  But at least they will have a pretty new and uncrowded airline terminal to enjoy their death throes in.

Pyongyang International Airport, which receives roughly 60 flights a week, yesterday opened a gleaming new terminal, after Kim Jong-un, the portly young heir to the Kim Dynasty, inspected it and offered what the North Koreans call “on the spot guidance.”  Note the official carrying a notepad to write down every single brilliant insight he offered while touring the facility with his fashionably attired pretty young wife.

Evidently, despite the three pages of huzzahs for the new facility offered in the official newspaper Rodong Shinmun and the enthusiastic coverage on state television...

...the diminutive dictator found some aspects of the design wanting.  Perhaps the lack of heroic statues of himself?  Yahoo News UK reports:

Kim smiled as he posed next to chocolate fountains and espresso bars - but in in private was so furious at ‘defects’ that he had the airport’s designer killed.

Executions are common in North Korea, with senior officials being killed for offences as minor as watching South Korean soap operas.

Airport design chief Ma Won Chun disappeared late last year, and is thought to have been executed after Kim voiced his dissatisfaction with the airport, according to The Diplomat.

Chun was executed for ‘for corrupt practices and failure to follow orders.’

Kim Jong Un issued a statement saying, ‘Defects were manifested in the last phase of the construction of the Terminal 2 because the designers failed to bear in mind the party’s idea of architectural beauty that is the life and soul and core in architecture to preserve the character and national identity.

‘It is necessary to finish the construction of the terminal to be an icon of Korea, the face of the country and the gateway to Pyongyang.

In other NoKo news, SkyNews reports:

North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, threatening to add to the country's chronic food shortages.

The admission by the secretive communist state comes as new pictures emerged of the country's leader Kim Jong-Un apparently enjoying military firing exercises.

The North's KCNA news agency said rice paddies around the country, including the main farming regions of Hwanghae and Phyongan provinces, were drying up due to lack of rain.

Using the short form of the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, KCNA said: "The worst drought in 100 years continues in the DPRK, causing great damage to its agricultural field."

It will raise concerns for the population in a country where the United Nations says almost a third of children under five are stunted because of poor nutrition.

It suffered a devastating famine in the 1990s and has relied on international food aid, but this has dropped off in recent years, because of Pyongyang's restrictions on humanitarian workers and reluctance to allow monitoring of food distribution.

In the last famine, it is believed that a million North Koreans starved to death.  This time is claimed to be more serious.  But at least they will have a pretty new and uncrowded airline terminal to enjoy their death throes in.