June 04, 2023

Plenum’s agriculture focus suggests dire food shortages in North Korea: Analysts

Issues tied to domestic food supply featured prominently at party meeting, a possible sign of major economic problems

Kim Jong Un’s heavy focus on agricultural issues and rural development plans in December's party meeting could suggest food supply issues are worsening in North Korea, analysts told NK News on Monday.

The plenum, which wrapped up on Friday in time for in-depth New Year’s day coverage published in state media, paid significant attention to issues related to the DPRK’s domestic food production capabilities.