North Korea bans owning pet dogs with pooches sent to restaurants to be eaten

North Korean leaders have ordered a clampdown on dog ownership among the elite class as food supplies run short in the tinpot nation.

In a move said to be against capitalist “decadence”, the Pyongyang chiefs aimed to curb dog ownership to appease angry North Koreans who are furious at the current situation.

A source inside the country said leader Kim Jong-un issued a ban on pet ownership last month as it had a “tainted” capitalist ideology.

They told right-wing South Korea newspaper The Chosun Ilbo: “Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down.”

Some of the dogs would be sent to state-run zoos, while restaurants would take others.

According to the publication, pet owners in the country are “cursing Kim Jong-un behind his back”.

But there is little they can do, the source claims.

Pet ownership has long been considered a Western decadence, but attitudes had relaxed in recent times.

The Pyongyang elite have even openly flaunted having lapdogs since the country hosted the World Festival of Youth and Students in 1989.

But, the source said “ordinary people raise pigs and livestock on their porches, but high-ranking officials and the wealthy pet dogs, which stoked some resentment”.

One defector told the publication the clampdowns are not enforced with much enthusiasm, but this time it has been more strict.

It comes North Korean spies launched cyberattacks on United Nations council members earlier this year, a panel of experts have said in an unreleased report.

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Some 11 officials from six members of the Security Council became the targets of a cyberattack which had been designed to extract as much information as possible from them.

It is understood North Korea’s intelligence agency led the hack, according to a report submitted to the organisation’s committee on North Korea.

The traps were sprung after the attackers sent messages to their targets via Gmail and WhatsApp – having posed as someone else.

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