UN report: North Korea faces growing food crisis, economic hardship

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North Korea is facing a growing food crisis that puts children and the elderly at risk of starvation, a UN investigator says report good Wednesday out.

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running news: Prolonged and strict measures implemented to contain the spread of COVID-19 have worsened the situation in the isolated Asian nation, and caused “serious economic hardship”, according to the report.

  • The report said North Korea has implemented aggressive measures, including full-scale border closures and restricting imports of non-essential goods.
  • Even before the pandemic, more than 40% of the country was “food insecure”, and most of those people suffered from malnutrition.

What are they saying: “The COVID-19 restrictions and government vigil against the pandemic have helped avert a potential health crisis,” the report said.

  • “At the same time, prolonged isolation and border closures have caused food and other health problems and severe economic deprivation for many people across the country,” it continued.
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