Photo Gallery: A Peek within Kim Jong Il's Regime
11/30/2010
It is no secret that North Korea has experienced food shortages. This photo...
AFP / KCNA

It is no secret that North Korea has experienced food shortages. This photo shows Kim Jong Il inspecting the harvest in June 2010. But in August 2009, the US Embassy in Seoul filed a report on the cross-border family meetings that the North Koreans had been using to generate positive press. According to the report, after North Koreans were selected for the program based on their loyalty to the state, they were "transported to Pyongyang and then 'fattened up' with regular meals and vitamins to mask the extent of food shortages and chronic malnutrition in the north."