North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Il has been spending nearly $200,000 a year on his dogs while his nation starves, it has been revealed.
The allegations were made in a report presented to the country’s parliament leaked by a South Korean Member of Parliament.
Nearly six million North Koreans – a quarter of the country’s population – live in extreme poverty due to food shortages in the country.
A third of children younger than five years old are reported to suffer from malnutrition in North Korea.
MP Yoon Sang Hyun said the Kim Jong-Il‘s regime had purchased around 600 bottles of fine French wine that were consumed at parties for senior party and military officials last year.
Yoon Sang Hyun said the dictator had also imported several dozen Russian horses, and bought ten US jet skis for his son and heir Kim Jong Eun.
Most of the luxury goods had been purchased through China – the North’s sole major ally, and Russia, Yoon Sang Hyun said.
If found to be true, the Kim Jong-Il’s actions will have breached United Nations Security Council sanctions banning the export of luxury items to the communist state.
The sanctions were imposed after the North’s missile and nuclear tests.
MP Yoon Sang Hyun, a member of the ruling conservative Grand National Party in South Korea said: “The luxury life for Kim Jong-il’s family goes on regardless of the worsening suffering of North Koreans amid the third-generation succession.”