Monthly Archives: January 2013

A New Famine in North Korea?

According to a recent Asia Sentinel article by Todd Crowell, there could be a new famine in North Korea. Jiro Ishimaru, chief editor of Asiapress in Osaka who is cited in the article, notes Ever since Kim Jong-un assumed the … Continue reading

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Moving towards Slow Recovery?

In May 2012, the UN published an overview of needs and assistance for the DPRK. In the report, the FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) …estimated in October 2011 the total cereal import requirement in 2011/12 at 739,000 … Continue reading

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Inflation Update

It’s a new year – but Pyongyang isn’t showing any signs of substantive change. Although public statements from Kim Jong-un call for peace, reports of a possible nuclear weapons test and rocket launches neutralize any possible political changes on the … Continue reading

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