Food shortage being faced by North Korea for more than a decade


In a report to the United Nations, North Korea claimed it is facing its biggest food shortfall in more than a decade, alerting the rest of the world that Pyongyang is ready for one of its most challenging internal difficulties, leader Kim Jong Un seized office.
In a Voluntary National Review for a UN review of its Sustainable Development Goals, North Korea stated that food production fell to its lowest level in 2018 due to “natural catastrophes and inadequate resilience, limited farming supplies, and low degree of mechanisation.”
South Korea’s UN delegation gave the notice of the report on Tuesday, and it appears to be the first time North Korea has made it public. Pyongyang has blamed its woes on UN Security Council sanctions to punish it for nuclear weapons and warhead-delivery missile tests.
According to the report, the “major impediments to the government’s attempts to accomplish the country’s sustainable development” include “continuing sanctions and blockade on the DPRK,” according to the report, which uses the country’s legal name.
Mr. Kim appeared in North Korean official media last month and delivered a rare warning that the “food situation is now becoming tense,” according to the article.
The warning comes at a time of year when food supplies are generally low, and most of the crop has yet to arrive. Last year’s typhoons, which destroyed off harvests, exacerbated North Korea’s recurring food shortages, as did Mr. Kim’s decision to close borders owing to Covid-19, slamming the brakes on what little legitimate commerce it had.
According to the United Nations World Food Programme, around 40% of North Korea’s population is malnourished, with “food instability and malnutrition prevalent.” According to Fitch Solutions, the North’s economy will hardly grow this year after suffering its worst recession in decades. The nation continues to grapple with the epidemic, sanctions, and a lack of trade with China.
Mr. Kim has turned down requests from the US to begin nuclear disarmament talks, which might relieve the economy of crippling sanctions. According to South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook, he concentrates on internal issues for the time being rather than ratcheting up regional tensions through aggressive military maneuvers.


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