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North Korea warns citizens food shortages will last at least 5 years

13:23, 28 October 2021
North Korea warns citizens food shortages will last at least 5 years Photo: pixabay.com

North Korea is not planning to open borders with China till at least 2025 meaning that the situation with food shortages will continue.


The border with China was closed due to fears over COVID-19 in January 2025, however by tackling one problem the North Korean government created another one with food.

Most North Koreans have not much food reserves left and due to low domestic food production and high demand the prices are rising which means that starting from the upcoming cold winter the situation will become even more dire for people.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that North Korea will lack around 860,000 tons of food this year, adding that nearly 40% of the country’s citizens are undernourished.

Officials in Korea try to brush off the discontent of the citizens by mentioning the situation with the pandemic in other countries, presenting food shortages as a necessary price for the absence of COVID-19.

The way the situation is unfolding makes many North Koreans think that they soon will have to go through the same situation when natural calamities in North Korea had caused famine which killed hundreds of thousands of people in the 1990s.