North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gives field guidance during his visit to a machine factory under the Ranam coal mining complex. Photo: Reuters

North Korea relies increasingly on coal and that’s a problem for Kim Jong-un’s grand plans

  • Coal is one of the few local resources to which Kim can turn as he tries to make good on promises to address the problem of limited electricity
  • North Korea also has tried unsuccessfully to circumvent sanctions by smuggling coal into China and South Korea, monitors say
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gives field guidance during his visit to a machine factory under the Ranam coal mining complex. Photo: Reuters
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