A DUP MP has said that jokes are no longer made about North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in his office.
Strangford MP Jim Shannon said jokes were often made about dictators but said in his office this no longer applied to Kim, as he criticised the country for its non-existent human rights.
Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate today, Mr Shannon told MPs everything in North Korea is controlled, monitored and sanctioned, adding: “Life is not the same there as it is in our country.
“Often we make jokes in the office about dictators but whenever I think of the dictator Jong-un there’s no longer a joke in my office in relation to him.
“We are increasingly aware of how blessed we are to live where we live and to have the freedom that we have.”
In a speech which was highly critical of the North Korean regime and the oppression it inflicts on the people of the country, Mr Shannon earlier said: “North Korea is certainly one of those countries where freedom is in very short supply, but not only freedom in short supply - life is in short supply as well.”