KIM Jong-un admitted North Korea is facing food shortages after its harvest was decimated by typhoons and Covid-19 border closures curbed trade with neighboring China.
The 37-year-old leader expressed that there was a desperate need to increase agricultural production because “the people’s food situation is now getting tense.”
The dim outlook was expressed during a plenary session of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee on Tuesday, and reported in the New York Post, quoting the isolated country’s official KCNA media arm.
The North Korean dictator also spoke about the rationing on the same week he appeared to have trimmed down from his hefty 22 stone.
He underwent a major cardiovascular procedure.
And satellite images from Planet Labs suggests Kim is summering at his east coast mansion complex with his family and friends amid fears for his health.
The images appear to show Kim and cohorts enjoying fun on jet skis in the waters off his Wonsan resort earlier this month.
The food crisis came after it had been determined the country’s industrial output had grown by a quarter compared to the same period in 2020.
The Hermit Kingdom’s agricultural sector apparently missed its grain targets because of a series of typhoons from last year which brought on massive flooding, the BBC reported.
The outlet cited reports that North Korean food prices have skyrocketed.
The other cause for the food fears is due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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North Korea sealed its borders to contain the spread of the disease, but commerce with China suffered.
North Korea is heavily dependent on China for not only food but also its fertilizer and fuel.
Already, the North Korean leader had in April turned to officials to “wage another, more difficult ‘Arduous March’ in order to relieve our people of the difficulty, even a little,” according to the BBC.
The Arduous March tracks back to the Communist country’s battle with famine in the 1990s, when the fall of the Soviet Union caused its aid to run dry.
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