December 04, 2020

COVID-19 lockdowns are causing severe imported food shortages in Pyongyang

Sources say that imported food items are scarce in major Pyongyang stores, but rural areas are probably less impacted

North Korea is facing a severe shortage of imported food caused by the country’s ongoing border lockdown, and the situation is quickly getting worse in Pyongyang, multiple informed sources told NK News. 

Chinese exports to North Korea plummeted by more than 90% in August, when the DPRK imposed tough new border restrictions to minimize the risk of unwittingly contracting COVID-19 from cargo.