North Korea crisis: Bag of coffee costs $142 as food shortages hit fever pitch

According to new reports from North Korea, Kim Jong-newest un’s battle as the country’s leader has been exposed.

The elusive tyrant spoke out on Tuesday about a developing problem in his country’s agriculture sector, which has witnessed an enormous spike in the cost of basic commodities for the country’s inhabitants.

The situation was “becoming heated,” according to North Korean official media, with staple goods rising as a result of severe storm damage to the state’s agricultural economy.

There are rising worries of a recurrence of the terrible 1990s famine, which killed more than 3 million North Koreans, according to some estimates.

Closed borders impeded trade during Covid-19, resulting in a severe shortage of imported products like as sugar, wheat, and oil.

Residents in Pyongyang, the state capital, have seen the price of potatoes quadruple, with those seeking a caffeine fix paying up to US$100 ($142) for a packet of coffee and US$70 ($98) for teabags, according to CNN.

Essentials like as rice and petrol have apparently remained stable, but Kim’s admission that the state-run economy is unable to feed its population indicates that the country is on the verge of collapse.

According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), North Korea has only two months of supplies remaining, with 860,000 tonnes of goods in low supply across the country.

Kim has been tight-lipped about the scope of the food scarcity issue, but has lately urged residents to brace themselves for another “Arduous March,” as the 1990s food crisis was dubbed.

“I made up my mind to ask the WPK (Workers’ Party of Korea) organisations at all levels, including its Central Committee and the whole party’s cell secretaries, to wage another more difficult ‘arduous march’ to alleviate our people of the hardship, even if only a little,” Kim stated in April.

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