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Pyongyang glitters in N Korea’s gloom

The divide between rich and poor has been widening since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took the helm, with residents of ‘socialist fairyland’ Pyongyang living an increasingly luxurious Western lifestyle, while the rest of North Korea subsists on scraps and lives in a world of abject poverty

By Jean Lee  /  AP, PYONGYANG

While millions cannot afford meat or fish and subsist on a few potatoes or a bowl of cornmeal noodles a day, the well-to-do in Pyongyang with extra sources of income can buy beef, pomegranates and vine-ripened tomatoes.

There is even a growing cosmopolitan vibe. At one European-style restaurant called Friday, a young couple on a date sipped cocktails topped off with Maraschino cherries and feasted on pizza, their cellphones rattling beside them from time to time.

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