North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned of a famine his country might face, which he likened to the “Arduous March” 1990s famine which killed thousands, state media reported Friday.
Kim Jong Un told party officials in a speech to “wage another more difficult “Arduous March” in order to relieve our people of the difficulty, even a little,” as he warned to brace for economic hardship, at the Sixth Conference of Party Cell Secretaries, Korean Central News Agency reported.
“There are many obstacles and difficulties ahead of us, and so our struggle for carrying out the decisions of the Eighth Party Congress would not be all plain sailing,” the North Korean leader also said.
This, amidst growing economic challenges brought about by the shutting of its borders due to the pandemic and halted trade with China.
International sanctions on the country’s nuclear program also took a toll on the economy as rights groups such as the Human Rights Watch warn of food shortages leading to starvation and death.
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