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Chad O'Carroll has written on North Korea since 2010 and writes between London and Seoul.
North Korea's premium 7.27 brand of cigarettes are being sold at higher prices than well-known foreign brands, a tobacco menu from a bar at a downtown Pyongyang hotel shows, an exceptional example of a domestic product costing more than those imported from overseas.
The cigarette brand, which Kim Jong Un has been photographed smoking by state media numerous times, cost around 17% more than the most expensive Western brands, Marlboro and Parliament, a menu from the Pothonggang Hotel showed in a photo taken this Spring.