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Russian envoy says 'no famine' in North Korea, describes 'extra-harsh' COVID-19 restrictions

Added 04-16-21 09:35:02am EST - “Russia's top diplomat in North Korea is downplaying claims by Kim Jong-un that the North Korean economic situation has become so dire it now compares to the 1990s famine that killed hundreds of thousands in the isolated nation.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Russian envoy says ‘no famine’ in North Korea, describes ‘extra-harsh’ COVID-19 restrictions”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Russia’s top diplomat in North Korea is downplaying claims by Kim Jong-un that the North Korean economic situation has become so dire it now compares to the 1990s famine that killed hundreds of thousands in the isolated nation.

“The most important thing is that there is no famine in the country today,” said Russian Ambassador Alexander Matsegora, one of a small number of foreign envoys allowed by the Kim regime to operate diplomatically in Pyongyang.

While Mr. Matsegora said this week that North Koreans are facing serious hardships under international sanctions — and “extra-harsh anti-epidemic measures” that are being imposed by the Kim regime to combat COVID-19 — the ambassador stressed the situation “cannot compare to the calamity that hit the country” during the 1990s famine.

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His remarks, in an interview with Russia’s Tass news agency, came days after Mr. Kim spurred international speculation and scrutiny by calling for another “arduous march” to fight severe economic difficulties — for the first time comparing the current situation in North Korea to the famine of the 1990s.

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