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'Huge Food Shortage In North Korea'(people in Pyongyang start starving)
Sky News ^ | 03/20/08

Posted on 03/25/2008 2:24:40 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

'Huge Food Shortage In North Korea'

By Sky News

SkyNews - Thursday, March 20 03:18 pmA dire food shortage across North Korea has become so acute it has started to affect the country's elite in the capital, Pyongyang, reports say.

Aid agency Good Friends says food rations for some parts of the city have been cut by up to 60%, while others have seen their supplies cut off completely.

Only citizens who show absolute loyalty to leader Kim Jong Il and his regime are allowed to live in Pyongyang and are considered better off than their fellow countrymen.

But the food situation, which has mostly been felt in rural areas where rations have been suspended since November, has now spread to the city, according to the South Korean aid agency.

"Even ranking officials have run out of their (rationed) food supply, while a ban on (private) trade is strictly maintained," said an unidentified city official quoted by Good Friends.

"It is nothing but a death sentence."

The agency also said farm labourers were staying away from work because they were not getting any food. This was said to be affecting the planting of new crops.

South Korea's Hyundai Economic Research Institute has warned that the rising international cost of grain would impact further on the north's desperate situation.

A famine gripped North Korea during the 1990s, reportedly killing up to two million people. Since then, the country has accepted food aid to feed the population.

But South Korea's new conservative government has signalled it would stop providing unconditional aid to the north.

However, the US government this week sent an humanitarian expert to Seoul to discuss North Korea's food situation.

Last month, the UN's World Food Programme reported that close to a quarter of North Korea's 23 million people are affected by a lack of food.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: foodshortage; grainprice; korea; nkorea; northkorea; pyongyang
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It appears that Chia Head is determined to hunker down and tighten screws domestically and internationally. However, grains are getting expensive in the international market. This is another burden to N. Korean regime because they will get less grain aids. Nobody has spare money or grains to appease Chia Head. Usual blackmail tactics would be less effective in this circumstance.
1 posted on 03/25/2008 2:24:41 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 03/25/2008 2:25:12 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I knew it was coming, just not this soon.


3 posted on 03/25/2008 2:27:58 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

How sad for the innocent people of North Korea !


4 posted on 03/25/2008 2:30:28 AM PDT by Pedrobud (Hillary is Satan !!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Why delay the inevitable? Without outside food aid I doubt if Kim Jung Il could last a year. Of course, chaos would probably be the result, as well as mass starvation, but they’re already starving according to the article. China and the ROK would have a mass refugee problem, but they’re both rich nations. The DPRK needs to go, just as East Germany did.


5 posted on 03/25/2008 2:33:52 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

FWIW

With the Expansion of North Korea’s Jangmadang, Possibility of a “Mass Starvation” Reduced

By Kim So Yeul

“The reason for the mass starvation that occurred in late 90s is that North Korea faced natural disasters without expanding the market’s capability to substitute for the broken planned economy capability, and so the damage to North Korean citizens was inevitably large.”

Dong Yong Seung, the Samsung Economic Research Institute’s Economic Security Team Chief, speaking at the 19th Expert Forum sponsored by the Peace Foundation on the 19th, explained that, “The market in North Korea has expanded in the last 10 years. The supply and demand structure of daily necessities, including food items, has been formed.”

Continued Mr. Dong, “Because the market capacity has expanded, the possibility of a mass-scale starvation occurring is no longer high. In actuality, the change in food prices is being monitored at the market.”

He explained, “If South Korea sends food aid to the North, food provision increases, because the intermediary wholesalers will bring out a lot of the food items that have been held. As a result, there is a decline in the food price. In the areas of trade, a similar phenomenon has been taking place. North Korean trade organizations can achieve their quota due to the plan of the authorities.”

Further, he revealed, “Within North Korean factories, there are family enterprises that were allowed, as affiliated laborers, to produce necessities using the by-products of the factory. Therefore, the market-connected family enterprises were recently supporting factories.”

He explained the result: “That’s why these kinds of family enterprises, which manufacture products through purchasing materials from markets and the factory were raising their profits, even when the factory has not been operating due to the paralysis of the capacity of the planned economy.”

Simultaneously, Mr. Dong advised, regarding the North Korean policy of the Lee Myung Bak administration, “There is a need to maintain consistency by reestablishing the basic principles of economic policy towards the North.”

He said, “The reason for pursuing economic cooperation with the North is to promote change in the North and to improve its economic situation through its entry into the international economy. There is a need to reestablish basic principles such as helping to activate the South Korean economy while improving the quality of the North Korean citizens’ lives.”

http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=3423


6 posted on 03/25/2008 2:36:17 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Jet Jaguar
The trouble is that Chia Head is cracking down on these markets pretty hard now.

He put severe restriction on private trade/business activities. He let people fend off for themselves after the massive famine in mid 90's. However, he apparently does not like what he sees. His vaunted state control has been gradually eroding. Now he want to stem the tide even if it leads to creating some civilian starvation victims.

7 posted on 03/25/2008 2:42:14 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Yep, that’ll teach them.


8 posted on 03/25/2008 2:43:46 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

But I just read the other day NK was looking to strengthen ties with Namibia. Maybe they can help...


9 posted on 03/25/2008 2:46:32 AM PDT by steveyp
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To: All

More:

24 Mar 2008 press release from ReliefWeb

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/SODA-7D34Y4?OpenDocument

Jefferson Award: ‘Hero’ helps North Koreans find new lives

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/356264_jeffbuck25.html


10 posted on 03/25/2008 2:48:47 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Grrrr. Let Putin and Hu feed them. They created the mess.


11 posted on 03/25/2008 2:50:09 AM PDT by OeOeO
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Food shortages, famines, floods, bad harvests...

These have been going on for almost two decades now, with no end in sight.

The humanitarian thing would be to offer fat pensions, immunity from prosecution and luxurious mansions to all the big brass in North Korea if they will just agree to peaceful reunification.

Too bad it will never happen. I don’t see the end in sight any time soon, either.


12 posted on 03/25/2008 2:54:19 AM PDT by Ronin (Bushed out!!! Another tragic victim of BDS.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Lijahsbubbe; Jeremiah Jr; aculeus

Has Chia Pet rationed this thing out for food?

13 posted on 03/25/2008 2:56:01 AM PDT by Ezekiel
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To: Ezekiel

The last time they had a shortage like this they went in for Soylent Green in a big way.... The older South Korean people still remember their relatives in the north and will want to help ... I hope they send bullets instead of rice...


14 posted on 03/25/2008 3:11:40 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: TigerLikesRooster

If he can’t feed the military, he is all done. Somebody is going to knock him over fairly soon.


15 posted on 03/25/2008 3:33:59 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Can’t believe some military type doesn’t take control in N.Korea and march out chi pet and his ruthless gang.
You have to know that some of the military have been to the south and seen the differences in conditions.


16 posted on 03/25/2008 3:44:34 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

However, the US government this week sent an humanitarian expert to Seoul to discuss North Korea’s food situation.

lol. Of course.


17 posted on 03/25/2008 4:05:10 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Let them eat Plutonium.

LLS

18 posted on 03/25/2008 4:21:53 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Could I ever vote for mcstain? osamabama hussein may convince me yet!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Is uranium edible?


19 posted on 03/25/2008 4:55:39 AM PDT by HenpeckedCon (Deport them all... Let God sort them out!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

But yet we can flip the bill for trips to Africa for Uranium. I bet Chia’s plate is full at every setting also.


20 posted on 03/25/2008 4:58:13 AM PDT by Wavrnr10 (Eagles soar but weasels don't get sucked in jet engines)
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To: LibLieSlayer

What? No Yellow Cake?


21 posted on 03/25/2008 5:06:09 AM PDT by xp38
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To: xp38

I’ll send em a case of White Castles.
Anybody got the address of a peasant in NK?


22 posted on 03/25/2008 5:08:33 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Jet Jaguar

Hillary and Obama and McCain - this is what government of the government by the government and for the government looks like. Do not bring it here.

Also, the grain that would have been eaten is being burned in our vehicles by government edict.


23 posted on 03/25/2008 5:11:53 AM PDT by RoadTest ( None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies - Isaiah)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Hillary and Obama and McCain - this is what government of the government by the government and for the government looks like. Do not bring it here.

Also, the grain that would have been eaten is being burned in our vehicles by government edict.


24 posted on 03/25/2008 5:11:53 AM PDT by RoadTest ( None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies - Isaiah)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Thanks for the post.

It was the horrible food shortages which originally started the fall of the Soviet Empire. We need to send satellite transmissions over there showing Americans stuffing their faces at those great Tennessee buffets or people looking at which steaks to choose from the tray at a Ruth Chris Steak House.

25 posted on 03/25/2008 5:12:05 AM PDT by moonman
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To: TigerLikesRooster

26 posted on 03/25/2008 5:13:13 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Women swooned in Mao's presence too.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

At least they got to hear the orchestra before they die of starvation.


27 posted on 03/25/2008 5:13:54 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This is a necessary part of Kim maintaining power. If people are busy staying alive, they don’t have the time or energy to revolt.


28 posted on 03/25/2008 5:31:50 AM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

China is the only reason North Korea still exists. They want a weak/easily controlled buffer-state on their border. They don’t care how brutal the regime.


29 posted on 03/25/2008 5:37:24 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: xp38

:-)

LLS


30 posted on 03/25/2008 6:17:17 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Could I ever vote for mcstain? osamabama hussein may convince me yet!)
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To: moonman

“We need to send satellite transmissions over there showing Americans stuffing their faces at those great Tennessee buffets or people looking at which steaks to choose from the tray at a Ruth Chris Steak House.”

Well I’ll be, it sounds like fat people will be useful for the first time in a long time.


31 posted on 03/25/2008 6:27:00 AM PDT by Niuhuru (Don't burn a bra, burn a feminist!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Charles Henrickson
The agency also said farm labourers were staying away from work because they were not getting any food. This was said to be affecting the planting of new crops.

Huh. Wonder how that works.

32 posted on 03/25/2008 7:00:18 AM PDT by martin_fierro (The Big BiBimBopper)
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To: Ezekiel; TigerLikesRooster; Lijahsbubbe; Jeremiah Jr
As ugly as Stalin's Seven Sisters.
33 posted on 03/25/2008 7:24:19 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It’s amazing that people can be so pacified that they do absolutely nothing to rise up and overthrow this Satanic regime.


34 posted on 03/25/2008 7:26:20 AM PDT by dfwgator (11+7+15=3 Heismans)
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To: Jimmy Valentine

The Army gets first call on the food...


35 posted on 03/25/2008 7:30:11 AM PDT by Little Ray (McCain: If I have to. I guess...)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Not to worry! We will happily borrow money from China to buy food for North Korea.


36 posted on 03/25/2008 7:43:54 AM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: RoadTest
Also, the grain that would have been eaten is being burned in our vehicles by government edict.

We now have the largest corn surplus in the history of North America.

What should we do with our mountains of surplus crops?

I say, burn 'em.

What do you say?

37 posted on 03/25/2008 8:25:33 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Time to have a coupe of Aegis cruisers standing by in Korea and Japan to blast the next missile “test” chia head runs to try to extort more aid.


38 posted on 03/25/2008 8:30:25 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer (File CONGRESS.SYS corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C (Y/N)?)
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To: Niuhuru

Bumper sticker:

“Obesity reduces crime. Fat people are harder to kidnap.”


39 posted on 03/25/2008 8:45:45 AM PDT by LucyT (Sixteen years and four election cycles later, Hillary’s still here.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So that was the plan. Turn all the food into alcohol to burn as fuel, and then watch our enemies starve to death.


40 posted on 03/25/2008 9:36:53 AM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: Gay State Conservative

What a sad picture. That says it all!


41 posted on 03/25/2008 9:38:57 AM PDT by Michael81Dus
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Jet Jaguar; All

All due respect Tiger that news?


42 posted on 03/25/2008 9:43:12 AM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Whenever I read one of these stories I always think of MASH, and the pomposity of Alan Alda. Everyone on that show was so SURE Korea would be wonderful if the Americans just left. Check out S. Korea. Check out N. Korea.


43 posted on 03/25/2008 9:45:25 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (Sure, they'd love to kill me, as long as they can do it without admitting I exist)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Never thought some American leftists' fascination with bio-diesel could have such far reaching effects.

Talk about the law of Unintended Consequences. Imagine a bio-diesel initiative sparking a second Korean War.

44 posted on 03/25/2008 9:47:24 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (su - | echo "All your " | chown -740 us ./base | kill -9 | cd / | rm -r | echo "belong to us")
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To: Centurion2000

oops ... sorry ... not bio-diesel ... ehtanol.


45 posted on 03/25/2008 9:50:08 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (su - | echo "All your " | chown -740 us ./base | kill -9 | cd / | rm -r | echo "belong to us")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

And how are the nuclear negotiations going? In the meantime, let the bastards starve.


46 posted on 03/25/2008 10:11:11 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (When hopelessness replaces hope, it opens the door to evil.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Again?

Let them eat missiles.

47 posted on 03/25/2008 10:13:19 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: moonman; Michael81Dus
We need to send satellite transmissions over there showing Americans stuffing their faces at those great Tennessee buffets or people looking at which steaks to choose from the tray at a Ruth Chris Steak House.

IMO,a much more effective mover would be to transmit TV and radio signals from *South* Korea to ordinary North Koreans.As "Michael81Dus" (a German) knows from personal experience the fact that many ordinary East Germans were able to listen to/watch West German radio and TV played a *huge* role in the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Seeing how South Koreans live day to day (through TV and radio broadcasts) would be far more powerful for their North Korean cousins to see than any photos from this country would be.

48 posted on 03/25/2008 11:21:04 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Women swooned in Mao's presence too.)
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To: Gay State Conservative; moonman

You´re right GSC - and pictures are better than radio. Problem is, that maybe just 10% of N Koreans have TV access. And power must be for rich only, as we can see that there are no lights on at night. The people of N Korea is too weak to stand up against their prison-guards. And we can hardly do a thing as long as China supports that - and does almost the same in Tibet.

Tibet, Myanmar (formerly Birma), N Korea - when will freedom prevail?


49 posted on 03/25/2008 11:32:08 AM PDT by Michael81Dus
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To: Balding_Eagle

“What should we do with our mountains of surplus crops?

I say, burn ‘em.

What do you say?”

And just let the hungry people die?


50 posted on 03/26/2008 4:32:06 AM PDT by RoadTest ( None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies - Isaiah)
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