North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told a General Meeting of the Workers’ Party of Korea on Wednesday that the country was faced with a tense food situation because of the typhoon triggered by floods, state news agency KCNA reported. Kim has also called on senior officials to find ways to boost agriculture production. Analysts monitoring and assessing the situation in North Korea to see if there are signs of mass starvation or greater instability say that conditions are preparing for a perfect storm that could undermine food markets and spark public panic.
Kim also told party members that due to the long duration of the pandemic, which is expected to last for weeks he would extend the lockout restrictions.
According to KCNA, the meeting of leadership will continue in May, the third of its kind this year, but not by how many days. A plenary session is expected to be held a few days later this week to address the issue as well as a later session on specialist services, NK News reported. Also, the report said that a central committee meeting would continue, but did not say when.
The- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat down on Tuesday for a plenary session of the ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee to review progress on key policy and technical measures to solve economic problems, the official KCNA news agency reported. In its new five-year plan, presented to the Central Committee in its last meeting in February, the Central Committee specified the objectives and tasks to be accomplished, including increasing the food and metal production.
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea – Leader Kim Jong Un said the country’s economy will improve this year and called for measures to address the tense food situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and typhoon of last year, reports state media on Wednesday. Kim Jong Un speaks in this undated photo released June 16, 2021, by North Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA) during the opening of the Third Plenary Session of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Kim Jong Un said in Seoul that the food situation in his country had become tenser, an acknowledgement of the continued challenges facing North Korea after years of severe flooding damage, pandemic closures and ongoing sanctions. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has admitted that the food situation in North Korea is tense, state media reported Wednesday, bringing the alarm in a country where food prices have risen sharply in recent months due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The isolated country has put in place strict anti-virus measures, including border closures and travel restrictions at home. During the recent coronavirus pandemic of recent years, a series of summer storms and floods increased pressure on the faltering economy. Coax, a global initiative to share COVID-19-vaccines with poor countries says it has delivered 2 million doses to North Korea but the delivery has been delayed due to lengthy deliberations.
He said that many other countries with similar advantages had not done well with their outbreaks. He said the most important first piece of advice he gave was to compare case studies from countries such as Italy, Iran and the UK, where the initial response was worse, with places like Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, where it was better. Countries with flu response plans focused on containing the outbreak, an approach that didn’t work with COVID, said he.
He said New Zealand had several advantages including its remote location and low population density. He said the country was in a position to support plans for a flu-like response.