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North Korea is Looking to Improve Its Cheese


France and its National Dairy Industry College (ENIL) will soon host three North Korean experts in the name of “cheese diplomacy.” North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un reportedly can’t get enough Emmental, and is looking to successfully recreate the cheese in his own country. Trouble is, he’s having, well…trouble. That’s where the French come in. They’ll host the North Koreans for several months, training them to make Emmental-style cheese.

Their several months of training, however, will concentrate on the production of only one type of cheese – Emmental. The website says the “cheese diplomacy” project was prompted by the North Korean leader’s fondness for Emmental. This was apparently the favourite school snack of Kim Jong-un, who is reported to have studied in Switzerland. The main task of the North Korean experts is to implement their newly learnt skills at the Pyongyang cheese dairy, which has been unable to replicate the “requisite quality” of the cheese.

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Becca Haley-Park

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Rebecca Haley-Park is an assistant editor for culture: the word on cheese, and is responsible for all the delicious content on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. When not writing for the magazine you can find her creating cocktail recipes and pairing them with cheese.

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