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North Korea Promotes ‘healthy’ Beer

Kim Jong Ale anyone? In an apparent first, North Korea has aired a beer commercial on state television. The nearly three-minute ad says the beer is good for health. (July 3)
THE AD SHOWS ARE GRINNING MAN WITH SWEAT ON HIS FACE HOLDING A GLASS OF BEER nWITH THE CAPTION THAT READS nTUG DONG RIVER NEAR THE PRIDE OF PYONGYANG ‘S nTHE COMMERCIAL SAYS THE BEER RELIEVE STRESS IN IMPROVES HEALTH AND LONGEVITY nIT ALSO SHOWS IMAGES OF A PULPIT SAYS IS IN THE CAPITAL OF PYONGYANG FILLED WITH PEOPLE DRINKING nNORMALLY THERE ARE NO ADDS A NORTH KOREAN T. V. nAT A SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIAL WHO ‘S BEEN MONITORING THE NORTH TELEVISION FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES nSAYS THIS IS THE FIRST TIME HE SEEN ANY SORT OF ADVERTISEMENT FOR FOOD MUCH LESS BRAIN nTHE COMMERCIAL ASSURES VIEWERS OF THE BEERS nQUALITY AND NUTRITIONAL VALUE nSAYING IT ‘S MADE OF RICIN CONTAINS PROTEIN AND VITAMIN B. TWO nIT ‘S NOT CLEAR HOW MUCH THE BEER COSTS OR HOW MANY NORTH KOREANS COULD ACTUALLY AFFORDED nTHE COUNTRY IS AMONG THE POOREST IN THE WORLD nNORTH KOREA FACES CHRONIC FOOD SHORTAGES AND HAS RELIED O

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