North Korea STARVING? Kim admits 'worst-ever' drought is taking hold



NORTH Korea may have found funds for its deadliest missile yet, but it can’t hide how desperate the food situation is.

North Korea came clean about its farming woes in its state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper.

An article said farms in South Hwanghae Province were visited by senior party member, Choe Ryong-hae.

It’s an area well suited to farming, made all the more important by the fact that just 17% of North Korea is arable land.

So crops failing there – in what’s been called the "bread basket" of North Korea – could mean a grim situation for the country’s people.

During his visit, Mr Choe reportedly "encouraged the officials and agricultural workers in their dynamic campaign to surmount the worst-ever drought".

He also said that "arousing party members and other working people" to work harder against the drought necessitated "ideological education".

"He also called for using all irrigation equipment and vehicles and making effective use of wells and water holes," the report said.

Reports from neighbouring South Korea in 2016 said rations had already been reduced to 360 grams per person per day.

In the famine of the 1990s this was just 128 per person daily, compared to the UN’s recommended 600 grams.

A UN report earlier this year found that 41% of the population of North Korea was undernourished.