North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has warned his nation is struggling to maintain food supplies as everyday goods prices are reported to skyrocket.
In the past few weeks, experts have warned of food shortages in North Korea and now the despot has finally admitted that the situation is “now becoming tense”.
The Korean state Central News Agency reported that he spoke about the scarcity at a party meeting on Tuesday, saying it was due to the grain shortage caused by typhoons last year.
NK News outlet based in Seoul, South Korea reported that a kilogram of bananas in Pyongyang, the country’s capital, now costs £ 32.
This equates to roughly seven bananas, which means they cost £ 4.57 each.
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Last month Radio Free Asia reported that some North Korean farmers were asked to give 2 liters of their urine every day for fertilizer production.
It is rare for Kim to acknowledge any problems in North Korea.
He has consistently insisted that no cases of coronavirus have been reported, so he raised his eyebrows by admitting that North Korea is facing food shortages.
Kim, who is speculated to be 37 years old, has lost a lot of weight in the past year, which has led to speculation about his “significant” weight loss.
However, experts do not believe that food shortages will lead to a nationwide famine. The Washington Post reported Post.
Earlier this month, Tomás Ojea Quintana advised the UN Security Council to consider lifting sanctions against the country over food shortages.
Tomás, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, said the pandemic caused North Korea “drastic economic hardship” and that the country’s trade with China fell by 90% in March and April.
The Korea Development Institute, a Seoul government-based think tank, said the nation is expected to be short of 1.35 million tons of food this year.
North Korea needs around 5.75 million tons of food every year to feed its nation, the think tank said.
The agency said the shortage was caused by summer typhoons and flooding, as well as a lack of farm equipment and the pandemic that forced North Korea to close its land borders.
Despite the food shortage warning, Kim said North Korea’s economy “as a whole has improved.”
Similar natural disasters, along with government incompetence, are said to have played a large role in the devastating famine of the 1990s.
It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of North Koreans were killed.