US News 100 dollars for a coffee package: the incredible outbreak of prices in North Korea

14:50  19 june  2021
14:50  19 june  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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100 dollars pour un paquet de café : l’incroyable flambée des prix en Corée du Nord © Pixabay 100 dollars for a coffee package: the incredible outbreak of prices in North Korea The food situation in the country worried , while his procurement becomes "tense" according to the North Korean leader Kim Jong-one.

These are hallucinating prices. In North Korea, a coffee package costs 100 dollars (about 85 euros) and a small pack of black tea 70 dollars (about 60 euros). Rates that challenge and reveal a disturbing problem: the country, head of iron by Kim Jong-one faced with large difficulties of food supply. A situation that the leader has even recognized with the Country State Press Agency, KNCA, admitting that the situation became "tense", details CNN . In cause: damage caused by typhoons that hit the country last year.

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Storms that caused significant damage in the agricultural sector, which trouble recovering. As a result, North Korea is looking to replace these national food supplies through imports, made difficult by closing borders because of the CVIV-19 pandemic. Thus, in the capital Pyongyang, the prices of certain necessities, such as sugar, soybean oil and flour skyrocket. The potato tariff has even tripled on the famous Tongil Market.

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according to the United Nations World Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO), North Korea thus lacks 860,000 tons of food, the equivalent of about two months of National supply, recalls the Nzherald . The situation is so serious that even the North Korean leader has had to speak on the issue. Last April, Kim Jong-one had urged his fellow citizens to undertake another "forced walk", a term used to designate the terrible famine who had hit the country in the 90s, killing thousands of people.

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A situation that worries while it is "very likely" that the pandemic has "aggravated" the humanitarian situation in the north, where 10, 6 million people are in need, recently estimated the UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordination Office (OCHA).

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