North Korea’s Grim New Famine

North Korea’s perennial food shortage is expected to turn acute again this year as global grain prices soar and more countries compete for limited aid resources. The seemingly never-ending provision of food relief to the Kim Jong Il regime in Pyongyang, a 15-year international basket case, has been rendered more controversial because of its rogue state image in developing nuclear weapons at the expense of feeding its 23 million starving people. Today, however, as rising grain prices become an increasing concern for China and South Korea and as transport costs rise, the amount of aid destined for North Korea is set to shrink precipitously.

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