North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Warns of Food Shortages

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un warned about possible food shortages due to widespread floods and pandemic border closures, state-owned Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on June 16.

“The people’s food situation is now getting tense as the agricultural sector failed to fulfill its grain production plan due to the damage by typhoon last year,” Kim said during the meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party central committee in Pyongyang.

Border closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic also contributed to the food situation, blocking off trade with China to prevent further spread of the virus. North Korea relies on China for food, fertilizer, and fuel.

NK News reported large price spikes on food in Pyongyang.

Kim told senior officials to find ways on how to boost agricultural production and to restore the country’s decaying economy.

Kim also said he would extend lockdown restrictions due to the “prolonged nature” of the pandemic, according to KCNA.

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