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North Korean Capital Sees ‘Panic Buying’ of Food, NK News Says

  • Purchases may be due to stricter virus measures in Pyongyang
  • No immediate link to speculation about Kim Jong Un’s health
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Consumers in North Korea’s capital this week have been “panic buying” food staples, causing some store shelves to empty, according to a news service that specializes in the country.

The purchases may be due to stricter coronavirus measures on the way for Pyongyang and don’t appear related to reports this week that leader Kim Jong Un may be seriously ill, NK News reported, citing people who live in Pyongyang and were able to communicate outside the country. Shortages were initially limited to imported fruit and vegetables and then moved on to other goods, it said.