NKorea Turning to Africa for Food Aid, Diplomats Say

In what could be a sign of a massive food crisis in the reclusive Asian country, North Korea is reportedly approaching African countries to ask for food aid.

Africa is now the focus of North Korea’s efforts to secure food aid, the South Korean daily JoongAng Ilbo says, citing diplomatic sources.

“Now they are begging for food even from the world’s poorest countries in Africa such as Zimbabwe, where annual per-capita income is only around $200 [Australian dollars] ($197),” the source said, as quoted by The Australian.

According to aid agencies, North Korea is facing severe food shortages because of its harsh winter season. The country reportedly instructed its embassies last year to seek food aid from foreign governments.

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