Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea to continue efforts to get the reclusive nation to denuclearize. There was a noticeable absence from the meeting, however: dictator Kim Jong Un himself.
It turns out Kim may have been visiting a potato farm while Pompeo held meetings with high-ranking North Korean officials, including Kim’s right-hand man, Kim Yong Chol.
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) July 10, 2018
The South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday that Kim visited the Junghung potato farm in Samjiyon County, a rural North Korean farming community which shares a border with China.
Kim reportedly instructed farmers to plant high-yield crops and to “introduce various species good to taste and ensure the quality of processed potato foods in production and thus raise the quality of potato production,” according to the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea’s state-run media.
Kim described the region as “a sacred land of the revolution” which the North Korean government seeks to turn “into a model of the country and fairyland of communism.”
KCNA didn’t specify which day Kim was at the potato farm, but Chol said Kim was spending time at a “local region.”
Right On Rocket man
— cicispeedy (@nycmomma) July 10, 2018
Kim’s absence from Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang is another hint that the North Koreans may have played President Donald Trump – using him for nothing more than a photo op – when the two leaders met in Singapore last month.
Kim Jong Un chose to visit a potato farm rather than meet Pompeo. The U.S. delegation stayed in a gated guesthouse outside of Pyongyang behind a mausoleum housing Kim’s embalmed grandfather and father. #DeadlineWH #inners #Maddow #lastword https://t.co/v0tudYd5he
— Elaine Taylor (@JessesLaw) July 10, 2018
Twitter couldn’t stop laughing at the news.
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— 🇨🇦Dian Pink (@DianPink2) July 10, 2018
— Rachel M. Garrett (@OpLaughingstock) July 10, 2018
"North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have been too busy visiting a potato farm to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo"https://t.co/RKTZ6cTu0n
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) July 10, 2018
Lol, 'Potatoes over pompeo' has a nice ring to it though.
— Heinrich (@henryfadimo) July 10, 2018
They offered their own theories for Kim’s absence.
I think he just wanted a productive day! Not spend all day spinning his wheels.
— Jeffi (@ingramjr) July 10, 2018