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Kim Jong Un admits North Korea is facing 'tense food situation'

June 17, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has admitted his country is facing food shortages that he blamed on last year's typhoon and floods, just months after he warned North Koreans about a looming potential crisis.

Seoul (CNN)North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has admitted his country is facing food shortages that he blamed on last year's typhoon and floods, just months after he warned North Koreans about a looming potential crisis.

Kim told the plenary meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea the nation was experiencing a "tense food situation," Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Wednesday.

Speaking on Tuesday, Kim said the conditions and environment that North Korea was facing "have become worse upon entering this year," even though its economy has, on the whole, shown improvement.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has estimated that North Korea is short of about 860,000 tons of food, enough for just over two months of supplies.

In a report released on Monday, the FAO said North Korea officially plans to import only about one fifth of the food it needs to cover the gaps in domestic shortages.

It said that while North Korea increased agricultural planting in 2020, the growth "mostly offset yield losses due to floods and storms" that the Korean Peninsula experienced from early August until early September 2020.

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