Kim Jong Un's "Personal Toilet" Will Accompany Him To The North & South Korea Summit
On Friday, the leaders of North and South Korea will meet face-to-face for only the third time since the Korean War. Because it's taking place in South Korea, the leader from the north is taking no chances: According to a former North Korean guard, Kim Jong Un's "personal toilet" will join him at the summit, and it'll be the only one he uses during the negotiations.
"Rather than using a public restroom, the leader of North Korea has a personal toilet that follows him around when he travels," Lee Yun-keol, who worked in a North Korean Guard Command unit before defecting to the south, told The Washington Post. "The leader’s excretions contain information about his health status so they can’t be left behind."
That's right: It appears that North Korea is afraid that South Korea might try and steal Kim's poop during the negotiations.
Still, so many questions abound. What exactly does Kim's "personal toilet" look like? Is it port-a-potty-style, encased in blue plastic walls? Where will North Korean officials put the toilet once they arrive in Panmunjom, the border village where the summit is taking place? Does Kim's special toilet travel with the rest of North Korea's security detail? Who's in charge of cleaning it?
This isn't the first time Kim's toilet has made the news. In a January op-ed for The Daily Beast, nuclear nonproliferation expert Jeffrey Lewis identified what he claimed was Kim's port-a-potty outside Sunan Airport in Pyongyang, and suggested that, in a show of military might, the United States should "use a 2,000 pound, satellite-guided bomb to punish [Kim's] porcelain."
"It will send an unmistakable message: We can kill you while you are dropping a deuce," Lewis said, citing a scene in the film Lethal Weapon 2 as an example of how a toilet bomb might be effectively deployed. It's unclear to what extent Lewis was making a serious proposal.
Friday's summit will be the first time a North Korean leader has crossed into the south since 1953, when the two island countries signed an armistice after warring with each other for three years. Despite the 1953 ceasefire, however, the countries never agreed on a formal peace treaty, and as a result, are still technically at war with one another.
Agreeing to cross the southern border isn't the only concession Kim has made as of late. North Korea's state-run press announced Friday that Kim is suspending the country's nuclear and long-range missile tests, and will close a nuclear test site (it's been suggested, however, that the real reason Kim is closing the site is that it collapsed during a test). Additionally, Kim recently met with Mike Pompeo, the former CIA director who was confirmed Friday as President Trump's Secretary of State, in North Korea earlier in the month.
All of this is build-up to an anticipated meeting between Trump and Kim. Trump told Fox News on Thursday that this proposed meeting is still in the planning stages, and that it's not yet a sure thing.
"It could be that maybe the meeting doesn't even take place," Trump said to Fox News. "Who knows?"
Trump has vacillated wildly in his descriptions of Kim. In November, he called the North Korean leader "little rocket man" on Twitter, and boasted in January that his own "nuclear button" is "a much bigger [and] more powerful one" than Kim's. On Wednesday, however, Trump said that North Korean leader is "very honorable," though he declined to say why.
Nevertheless, if the summit between Trump and Kim does happen, it will be historic, as it would mark the first time in history that the leaders of North Korea and the United States have met face-to-face.