Photos: North Korea’s Diplomats Live the Good Life Through Diplomacy

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) toast during the official summit dinner
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As North Korea engages in rapprochement efforts with the United States and South Korea, many of the country’s top diplomats, including communist dictator Kim Jong-un, are enjoying the diplomatic high life as the regime ponders giving up its nuclear weapons.

Despite the country’s appalling human rights abuses and years of threatening to attack the United States with a nuclear weapon, the regime has propelled itself to the height of international attention as it flirts with the idea of pursuing a peaceful future with the West.

Regime leaders have traveled throughout China, South Korea, and the United States enjoying lavish meals, concerts, and other entertainment. Kim has personally received thousands of dollars in gifts, according to estimates based on the gifts shown publicly, from China.

Last week, Kim Jong-un’s right-hand man and former military intelligence chief, Kim Yong-chol, met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York and President Donald Trump at the White House for ongoing negotiations. The State Department hosted them for a dinner featuring a salad with burrata, ramp pesto, shaved crudité; filet mignon with corn puree and blanched celeriac; and a chocolate soufflé with vanilla ice cream.

A Signed Menu at Working Dinner

Secretary Pompeo Toasts DPRK Vice-Chairman Kim (State Department Photos)

Kim Yong-chol, a U.S. Treasury “specially designated person,” also received a two-hour-long welcome at the White House, despite needing a waiver to be allowed to enter the United States at all due to his role in various terrorist activities.

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Kim Jong-un has now met twice with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in, where the two men leading countries still technically even embracing each other before promising a new era of peace and reconciliation. According to a report from the Associated Press, Seoul spent around $5 million on holding the summit.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) toast during the official summit dinner

No smokes, many drinks for North’s Kim at summit: reports

After years of isolation and sanctions prompted by its missile and nuclear programme, Pyongyang's relationship with the outside world has rapidly warmed, with a historic summit last week between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in

Japan, China, S. Korea search for agreement on Pyongyang

In May, Kim Jong-un engaged in a leisurely stroll on the beach with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the beach town of Dalian, northeast China’s Liaoning Province. Following the meeting, Xi praised Kim for moving denuclearisation negotiations “in a direction conducive to promoting political solutions.”

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During his first ever foreign visit to Beijing the month before, Xi Jinping also offered Kim and his wife Ri Sol-ju a variety of gifts estimated to be worth $400,000, including “expensive liquor, fancy teacups, and jewelry in gratitude for their secret visit to China,” in a bid to express his gratitude.

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In March, Kim Jong-un invited a delegation of South Korean K-pop artists to perform in Pyongyang alongside South Korea’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Do Jong-whan, in a performance from the popular K-Pop group Red Velvet that left him and his “deeply moved.” Although ticketing costs for the group’s performances can vary, demand for the group’s first solo concert last year was so high it crashed a ticketing website.

“[Kim] said that he was deeply moved to see our people sincerely acclaiming the performance, deepening the understanding of the popular art of the south side,” state media reported at the time.

This picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 2, 2018 and taken on April 1, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (centre L) speaking to South Korean musicians as his wife Ri Sol-Ju (far L) and South Korea's Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Do Jong-whan (centre R) look on, after a rare concert by South Korean musicians at the 1,500-seat East Pyongyang Grand Theatre in Pyongyang. Top South Korean musical acts including a K-pop girlband held a rare concert in North Korea on April 1 in the latest reconciliatory gesture before a rare inter-Korean summit. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA VIA KNS / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. / (Photo credit should read KCNA VIA KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

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In February, Kim Yong-chol and Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, were present at the Winter Olympics in South Korea as the two Koreas unified to march under the same banner and fielded a joint ice hockey team. The North Korean political delegation received prime seats to major Olympic events and shared VIP boxes with their South Korean counterparts. South Korean taxpayers spent $2.5 million for the over 400-person North Korean delegation, of whom just 22 were athletes.

Moon Jae-in, Kim Yo Jong

The Latest: Kim Jong Un’s sister departs South Korea (AFP/Getty)

Moon Jae-in, left, Kim Yo Jong

Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony (AFP/Getty)

Kim Yo Jong, Moon Jae-in

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Kim Jong-un’s next diplomatic triumph could be a meeting with President Donald Trump next week in Singapore. However, it will likely be the United States who will be forced to foot the bill, which could include the $6,000 a night Presidential Suite at the exclusive Fullerton Hotel.

This is all despite Kim’s regime previously describing Trump as having a “nasty smell,” and suggesting he should be “sent to a lunatics asylum.” Trump, meanwhile, has called Kim “short and fat” and dubbed him “little rocket man.” Stand by…

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