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North Korea Says It’s Facing Worst Food Shortage in Decade

  • Pyongyang faults sanctions, natural disasters for problem
  • Leader Kim Jong Un issued rare warning on food insecurity

North Korea is facing its worse food shortages in more than a decade, it said in a report to the United Nations, giving the world notice Pyongyang is bracing for one of its biggest domestic challenges since Kim Jong Un took power.

Food production dropped to its lowest level in 2018 due to “natural disasters and weak resilience, insufficient farming materials and low level of mechanization,” North Korea said in a Voluntary National Review for a United Nations examination of its Sustainable Development Goals. South Korea’s mission to the UN gave notice of the report on Tuesday and it’s apparently to the first time North Korea has made it public.