N. Korea’s grain imports soar in April amid chronic food shortages: data

Yonhap News Agency | Jul 1, 2020 at 3:44 AM
  • North Korea’s grain imports from Russia nearly tripled on-year in April, data showed Wednesday, amid Pyongyang’s chronic food shortages compounded by extreme weather and the coronavirus pandemic hampering cross-border trade.
  • The North imported around US$7.41 million worth of grain from Russia in April, compared with $2.55 million worth of imports reported a year earlier.
  • Compounding the situation is the North’s move to close its border with China in late January to block the spread of the coronavirus.