North Korea: Malnourishment crisis increases for population
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North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un appeared frail and underweight following months of food shortages in the hermit kingdom as speculation rises over the Supreme Leaders’ health. His public appearance during an address to his party comes as the country is gripped by a huge famine that has devastated the country. The famine adds to reports of ten million North Korean’s being malnourished and most families in the kingdom only eat two meals a day, with many forced to survive on just corn.
The visibly thinner despot warned senior party leaders at a plenery in the country’s capital Pyongyang that the food crisis is at a breaking point.
The Supreme Leader said: “The people’s food situation is now getting tense.”
Mr Kim looked slimmer and frailer as he approached the podium to address his fellow countrymen to give his gloomy projection.
His comments come as North Korea has battled a devastating food shortage as a result of Covid-19.
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90% of trade in North Korea comes from China but the pandemic slammed the borders shut leading to a desperate food shortage in the country.
As result food prices have rocketed plunging Korean’s into one of the worst food crises in decades.
According to NK News it now costs an astonishing £32 to buy a kilogram of bananas in the hermit kingdom.
And since June 2020 40% of North Korea’s 25.7 million citizens required humanitarian aid as the country is brought to its knees by coronavirus.
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But many North Koreans have relied on food illegally smuggled across the Chinese border.
Food shortages have long been associated with authoritarian regimes throughout history as they battle to fend off outside influence which could lead to their fragile regimes being toppled.
The food shortages come as North Korea was devastated by huge floods last year.
The flooding saw the country’s GDP plummet by an astonishing 8.5% crippling an already poor nation further.
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The news comes as the regime also appears to be making plans for the despot’s death after the appointment of an official deputy.
NK News, which monitors the country reports the North Korean leadership has “begun to make preparations for the sudden death or, more likely, long-term incapacitation of North Korea’s current leader”.
The publication argues: “This decision probably indicates that Kim’s health is not good.”
Workers’ Party of Korea’s (WKP) rules show how a new position of first secretary has been created, with the powers to govern the country if the leader is incapacitated.
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