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North Korea's people face 'grave' situation, while its leaders enjoy luxuries

Lovemoney Logo By lovemoney staff of Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 31: North Korea is facing a very uncertain time. Leader Kim Jong-un recently revealed at the ruling Workers' Party committee that the nation's people are dealing with "tense" food shortages and the price of the food that is available is rocketing. A packet of coffee can currently sell for more than $100, and staples such as potatoes, sugar and flour have also been affected. Kim has blamed last year's typhoons, which led to flooding and meant grain targets couldn't be met. And the COVID-19 pandemic, which Kim has now called "grave", has also seen the nation close its borders, shutting off trade from its neighbor China, and increasing an already difficult situation for the country as it is under numerous sanctions due to its nuclear program. Meanwhile, both North Korean citizens and people around the world have commented on Kim's slimmer figure (pictured) and why he may have lost weight.  Despite Kim's weight loss, he's not likely to be experiencing the food shortages of his people. Click or scroll through to discover the shocking gap between rich and poor in North Korea.

The Hermit Kingdom's haves and have-nots

North Korea is facing a very uncertain time. Leader Kim Jong-un recently revealed at the ruling Workers' Party committee that the nation's people are dealing with "tense" food shortages and the price of the food that is available is rocketing. A packet of coffee can currently sell for more than $100, and staples such as potatoes, sugar and flour have also been affected. Kim has blamed last year's typhoons, which led to flooding and meant grain targets couldn't be met.

And the COVID-19 pandemic, which Kim has now called "grave", has also seen the nation close its borders, shutting off trade from its neighbor China, and increasing an already difficult situation for the country as it is under numerous sanctions due to its nuclear program. Meanwhile, both North Korean citizens and people around the world have commented on Kim's slimmer figure (pictured) and why he may have lost weight. 

Despite Kim's weight loss, he's not likely to be experiencing the food shortages of his people. Click or scroll through to discover the shocking gap between rich and poor in North Korea.

© KCNA

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