Report: North Korea to Face Food Shortage Through 2025

North Korea’s totalitarian government has told its people to tighten their belts — literally — for at least another three-plus years before Pyongyang plans on reopening the country’s land border with China, Radio Free Asia reported this week.

“Two weeks ago, they told the neighborhood watch unit meeting that our food emergency would continue until 2025,” a resident of the city of Sinuiju, near the China border, was quoted as telling the outlet. “Authorities emphasized that the possibility of reopening customs between North Korea and China before 2025 was very slim.”

North Korean authorities closed the border with China, its largest trading partner, in January of last year in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19. The move exacerbated inflation and food shortages caused in recent years by ongoing US-led sanctions as well as typhoon-induced flooding.

“Some of the residents are saying that the situation right now is so serious they don’t know if they can even survive the coming winter,” the Sinuiju resident went on. “They say that telling us to endure hardship until 2025 is the same as telling us to starve to death.” (Read more from “Report: North Korea to Face Food Shortage Through 2025” HERE)

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