North Korean leader Kim Jong Un In his closing remarks at his five-day meeting of the Korean Labor Party, he reiterated that there was a “food crisis” in the country.
This year’s final speech, summarized by the state media KCNA, A brief note on the “Emergency Epidemic Prevention Mission”.
Most of Kim’s speeches focused on the need to increase the country’s agricultural output.
He praised military advances during his tenth year in office, but made no mention of South Korea or the United States, except for a brief note on Korean relations and political orientation to foreign affairs.
Although the North Korean leader did not elaborate on the extent of the food shortage, the World Food Program warned of a severe food shortage in the country in 2021, including a shortage of hundreds of thousands of tons of rice.
The problem has been exacerbated by severe flooding in some of the country’s most fertile paddy growing areas.
This is not the first time Kim has recognized the country’s food situation. In April, KCNA reported that the leader had told people about another “hard march” while addressing a high-level political meeting.
The term “hard march” refers to a period of catastrophic famine in the early 1990s, when North Korea’s economy collapsed after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which stopped the flow of aid to the country.
It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people – or up to 10% of the country’s population – died of starvation during this period.
In June, Kim acknowledged that the country was facing a “tense food situation” due to hurricanes and floods in 2020.
In the same month, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimated that there were about 860,000 tons of food shortages in North Korea – enough to last more than two months.
On Saturday (31), KCNA acknowledged Kim’s “unfavorable conditions this year” and expressed his desire to “increase agricultural production and solve the country’s food problem altogether.”
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