Kim Jong Un admitted North Korea’s food situation is “tense,” sounding the alarm in a country that suffered a devastating famine in the 1990s in which hundreds of thousands died.
The impoverished country, under multiple sets of international sanctions over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, has struggled to feed itself, suffering chronic food shortages.
And last year the coronavirus and a series of summer storms and floods added yet more pressure on the flagging economy.
At a plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, Kim said the economy improved this year, with industrial output growing 25 percent from a year earlier, the official KCNA news agency reported.
But there had been a “series of deviations” due to a number of challenges, the North Korean leader added.
He said, “The agricultural sector failed to fulfil its grain production plan due to the damage by typhoon last year.”