Thursday, 29 Jul 2021

North Korea has just two months’ food supply left as price of tea soars to £50

North Korea is facing only having two months' worth of food supply left after Kim Jong-un warned the situation was "getting tense".

The tyrant addressed the growing crisis in the state's agricultural sector on Tuesday, which has led to staple foods skyrocketing in price.

Everyday items for the citizens have risen astronomically, with a packet of coffee costing £50 and teabags £70 in the capital Pyongyang, due to shortages.

North Korea closed its borders during the first wave of Covid-19, and storms have damaged the country's produce industry.

There are growing fears the situation could become a repeat of the 1990s famine, in which three million North Koreans died, according to estimates.

Imported goods, including sugar, oil, and flour are at a shortage while essentials such as rice and fuel remain firm.

However, Kim admitted the state-run economy cannot feed its citizens as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) report North Korea has only two months left of supplies.

The dictator refused to detail the extent of the crisis but warned citizens to prepare for another 'Arduous March' – the name given to the 1990s famine.

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“I made up my mind to ask the WPK (Workers’ Party of Korea) organisations at all levels, including its Central Committee and the cell secretaries of the entire party, to wage another more difficult ‘arduous march’ in order to relieve our people of the difficulty, even a little,” Kim said in April.

Restrictions on importing goods from the impact of Coronavirus have led to the state sitting on a knife's edge.

There are growing calls for de-escalation after the Korean peninsula is facing 'new tensions' Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said.

Kim has said he's left the door open for talks with US President Joe Biden, but admitted he's preparing for "both dialogue and confrontation", regarding nuclear arms.

The North Korean leader has been adamant against resuming talks with the US and launched two short-range ballistic missiles in March.

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The tyrant has continued the escalation since Biden arrived in office, with the state claiming is to prevent an invasion from America.

It comes after the leader cracked down on cultural influences from outside the state, by slamming K-pop as a "vicious cancer" and believing it is corrupting the minds of the next generation.

He's worried it will influence their "attire, hairstyles, speeches and behaviours".

New laws brought in last December will see tough penalties for anyone watching or possessing foreign media, where offenders – including school students – servicing between five and 15 years of hard labour if caught watching prohibited content.

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