Kim Jong-un may open burger chain in North Korea to please Trump

  • Food News
  • Thursday, 31 May 2018

A man watches a television news screen showing US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at a railway station in Seoul on May 25, 2018. Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-je

It would appear North Korean leader Kim Jong-un subscribes to the saying that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

According to a news report, Kim is interested in importing a Western burger chain to his country, as a show of goodwill to US President Donald Trump, an unapologetic lover of fast food.

The surprising news is part of an NBC News story based on a CIA report, and the commentary of three US officials.

Within a list of potential concessions by North Korea is a surprising offer to open a Western hamburger franchise in Pyongyang as a gesture of good faith to Trump, whose diet famously consists of artery-clogging fast foods.

During his 2016 campaign, Trump also said he wanted to talk nukes with Kim over a burger. The interesting finding was part of a larger CIA assessment declaring that North Korea does not, in fact, intend to denuclearise at all.

But in a country where poverty is pervasive, the question begs to be asked: Who would be able to buy a Big Mac in Pyongyang? Were Kim's invitation to materialise, it would make sense that America's most iconic fast food chain, McDonald's, become the first US presence in the country.

In a 2013 exposé published in GQ magazine, American Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Adam Johnson offered riveting details of Kim's late father Kim Jong-il, who was a man of both low and high-brow food tastes.

Along with a US$700,000 (RM2.8mil) cognac habit, Jong-il would also send his personal chef to Beijing to fetch his guilty pleasure: McDonald's Big Macs.

Meanwhile in a tell-all book Let Trump be Trump, former aides revealed the president's fast food habits could include two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish and a chocolate shake in one meal. – AFP Relaxnews

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