North Korean leader Kim Jong-un addresses a workshop in Pyongyang in an undated picture released by the official Korean Central News Agency on July 30. Photo: KCNA VIA KNS / AFP North Korean leader Kim Jong-un addresses a workshop in Pyongyang in an undated picture released by the official Korean Central News Agency on July 30. Photo: KCNA VIA KNS / AFP
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un addresses a workshop in Pyongyang in an undated picture released by the official Korean Central News Agency on July 30. Photo: KCNA VIA KNS / AFP
North Korea

Kim Jong-un hints at ‘hardships’, stoking fears of famine’s return amid North Korea’s pandemic isolation

  • Three times this year, Kim has indicated his country is in trouble, raising the spectre of the deadly ‘Arduous March’ of the 1990s
  • Sealed borders, severe weather, and the presumed spread of Covid-19 have combined to create a ‘gravely serious’ humanitarian situation, say observers

Topic |   North Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un addresses a workshop in Pyongyang in an undated picture released by the official Korean Central News Agency on July 30. Photo: KCNA VIA KNS / AFP North Korean leader Kim Jong-un addresses a workshop in Pyongyang in an undated picture released by the official Korean Central News Agency on July 30. Photo: KCNA VIA KNS / AFP
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un addresses a workshop in Pyongyang in an undated picture released by the official Korean Central News Agency on July 30. Photo: KCNA VIA KNS / AFP
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