North Korea, seeking food aid, links sanctions to shortages

North Korean factories are filling city store shelves with ever better and fancier snack foods and sugary drinks, while government officials and international aid organizations warn the nation could be on the verge of a major food crisis.

North Korea’s U.N. ambassador, Kim Song, issued an unusual appeal for “urgent” food assistance last month. He cited record-high temperatures, drought and flooding that cut the harvest this year by more than 10 percent.

The government says it’s stepping up imports and working to increase the output of early and basic crops such as wheat and barley.


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