Kim Jong Un in a year-end speech, the North Korean dictator once again acknowledged that there is a “food problem” in the country, CNN writes, citing KCNA’s North Korean state news agency.
In his speech, Kim Jong Un briefly referred to “emergency epidemic prevention work,” which is interesting because North Korea denied throughout the epidemic that the coronavirus had appeared in the country, no infected had been recognized, and the country was even more closed. .
Kim’s speech focused primarily on increasing agricultural productivity. However, he also praised the military progress he had made during his tenth year in power, but made no specific mention of either South Korea or the United States.
Although the dictator did not detail the extent of food shortages in North Korea, the World Food Organization warned of a severe shortage in 2021, estimating hundreds of thousands of tons of rice were missing from the country. The situation was exacerbated by floods in the main rice-producing region.
A CNN article notes this is not the first time Kim Jong Un has acknowledged the difficult food situation in the past 12 months.
In April, the state news agency reported that Kim had encouraged people to take part in another “tiring march”.
Furthermore, in June, the leader acknowledged that the food situation in the country was “tense”. In the same month, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimated that North Korea had a food shortage of about 860,000 tons, which would have been enough to supply just over two months.