North Korea: Kim Jong-un asks officials to tackle food shortage

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un called on his officials to deal with food supply issues and highlighted the danger of climate change.

Typhoons last year badly impacted vital crops, while weeks of drought followed by heavy monsoon rains have damaged them this year as well.

He said measures to overcome “abnormal climate” were needed, and asked also officials to tackle drought and floods.

His comments came in a speech to the ruling party’s Politburo on Thursday.

Mr Kim had said that the “danger” of climate change had become “higher in recent years adding that “urgent action” needed to be taken.

Mr Kim also called for improvements to the country’s flood management infrastructure saying: “River improvement, afforestation for erosion control, dyke maintenance and tide embankment projects”, should be prioritised.

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