Kim Jong Un demands urgent action to “overcome abnormal climatic conditions” that are causing the country’s natural disasters, North Korean state media reported on Friday. The North Korean leader indicated that the threat of climate change “has become greater in recent years.” He also called for “a breakthrough in solving the problem of feeding the people” and for increasing yields “as much as possible”.
In 2020, impoverished North Korea was plagued by typhoons and floods that damaged the crops of crops that are essential to nourish its inhabitants. This year, yields have decreased due to a drought lasting several weeks, followed by heavy monsoon rains.
Kim Jong Un wants to “overcome abnormal climatic conditions”
At a meeting of the political bureau of the ruling Labor Party of Korea, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his subordinate officials to achieve “a breakthrough in solving the problem of feeding the people” and increase yields “as much as possible,” reported the official North Korean news agency KCNA.
“He stressed the need for in-depth measures to overcome the abnormal climatic conditions,” KCNA reported. In this context, the leader mentioned afforestation to reduce soil erosion. He also pointed out that the threat of climate change “has become greater in recent years”.
Closed border with China. Kim: epidemic prevention is the most important
North Korea’s economic collapse is deepened by international sanctions imposed on it for its nuclear and missile armaments. The problem was further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic as authorities closed the border with China, significantly reducing bilateral trade with the country.
“Strengthening epidemic prevention is of the utmost importance, and in the current situation, efforts cannot be relaxed even for a moment,” Kim said.
North Korean authorities have not officially reported a single coronavirus infection. Earlier this week, Pyongyang rejected an offer to hand him close to 3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the global COVAX distribution mechanism, judging that they should reach countries more severely affected by the pandemic, the UN reported.
Main photo source: PAP / EPA / KCNA