May 22, 2022

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Fresh food prices remain ‘shockingly high’ in North Korean capital

Sources say oranges selling for $27/kg, with no signs that imported goods have been delivered to Pyongyang’s main market

Fresh fruit, vegetables and meat continue to be prohibitively expensive at Pyongyang’s main market, informed sources based in the city told NK News on Monday, despite the recent resumption of railroad trade between North Korea and China.

Imported items at Tongil Market in the capital also remain extremely scarce, one source said, with the price of some items like foreign shampoo increasing from $200 per bottle last summer to as high as $300.