North Korea’s communist regime has pledged their support for an independent Scotland. North Korea has stated their explicit interest in trading natural resources in exchange for some delicious whiskey, even if their sovereignty does not become a reality under the leadership of Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond who is pushing for Scotland to break away from the United Kingdom.
According to the UK’s Telegraph, Choe Kwon-Il who serves as the managing editor for the Tokyo, Japan-based and Pyongyang, North Korean-backed Choson Sinbo newspaper issued the following statement on behalf of his government (North Korea):
I think that independence would be a very positive thing for Scotland…I believe that every person has the right to be a member of an independent nation, to have sovereignty, to live in peace and to enjoy equality. And I believe that a majority of Scots feel the same and will vote for independence.
Additionally, Choe was clear in his country’s express interest in Scotch whiskey and fostering a deal that would benefit the two nations, if Scotland were to start governing itself depending on the outcome of next week’s referendum vote for their independence:
I believe independence will be positive as it will encourage personal exchanges and provide both countries with business chances. North Korea is rich in natural resources and we like the taste of Scotch whisky, so we can be beneficial to each other.
North Korea’s palette for whiskey from the Scottish region is no secret; current leader Kim Jong-Un’s father Kim Jong-Il used to spend millions on importing Johnny Walker’s King George V and Blue Label Scotch, which are known to be of the most premier and expensive scotch brands in the world and recognized for their deep, multi-layered texture.
Reports of Scotland’s pending independence vote have not yet been given to North Korea’s public according to So Chung-on, who is the director of the International Affairs Bureau of The General Association of Korean Residents of Japan. However, So said the news would be reported to them widely should Scotland’s independence become a reality with a “YES” vote.
The Telegraph also noted that So said it is highly unlikely a North Korean embassy will be established in Edinburgh (Scotland’s capital) due to high cost, although he expects that Edinburgh will have a diplomatic presence with North Korea via the existing British Embassy in Pyongyang.