The North Korean government is as fascinating as it is alarming. The country describes itself as a socialist state, but critics note its stark parallels to a dictatorship - particularly the rule of leaders Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un. If you read the crazy things North Korean leaders have said, you'll probably want to learn more about the country. Unfortunately, North Korea has almost completely isolated itself from the rest of the global community. These quotes are all most people will get to experience of the probable dysfunction of the North Korean regime.
North Korea's closed-off nature makes it possible for its leaders to strictly control what information is given to the public. The resulting propaganda machine promotes the often bizarre cult of personality that has grown up around Kim Jong-un and Kim Jong-il. From strange fibs to outrageous lies, here are the craziest things that North Korean leaders have claimed.
North Korea Can Cure AIDS And Cancer
In an apparent effort to promote the scientific advancement of the country, North Korean state media reported in 2016 that researchers had invented a new type of miracle drug. Supposedly made from rare earth elements, it was able to cure AIDS, eradicate certain types of cancer, and completely destroy the Ebola virus.
Unfortunately for the rest of the world, scientists from the country declined to share the specific ingredients involved in manufacturing the drug.
The Leaders Do Not Use The Toilet
State media within North Korea has put out a number of outlandish claims to build up a cult of personality around the Supreme Leaders. Perhaps the most famous - and strangest - claim was that Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung did not defecate. This was likely said in support of the view that the leaders are practically gods and are supernatural in nature.
However, the claim appears to no longer be touted by the government, with Kim Jong-un having his own person toilet with him at all times.
North Korea Invented The Hamburger In 2000
North Korea's isolation means that even foreign foods aren't normally seen there. But in 2000, Kim Jong-il introduced the hamburger to the country. It was known as the "double bread with meat" and was credited as an invention by the Supreme Leader himself, rather than a foreign import.
No One Is Disabled In Korea
North Korea claims that no one in the country has disabilities - but the government has long been rumored to dispose of those individuals. One defector claims that babies with disabilities are taken away by hospital staff, and that men with dwarfism are castrated and forced to live in an isolated village.