Kim Jong-un (4th from right) and senior officials posing before the statues of late leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang. Photo: AFP

The terrible price of Pyongyang's nuclear hunger

The fields of North Hwanghae province in southwestern North Korea looked lush and green when I was there in July. One of the North Korean minders helpfully explained why the farmers there had it pretty good. They divided their crops between the state and themselves.