North Korean leadership has warned it citizens to prepare for a new “arduous march”. The term “arduous march” was coined by North Korea in 1993 for the famine that killed over 3.5 million of North Korea citizens over four years
“The road to revolution is long and arduous. We may have to go on an arduous march, during which we will have to chew the roots of plants once again”. Stated an editorial in the state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper.
Citizens of Pyongyang are being ordered to provide 2.2lbs of rice to the state every month. Farmers are will have to give supplies from their own crops to the government. The warning comes one month after the UN Security Council voted to add new sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear and missile tests. The new sanctions are the most severe in 20 years. The sanctions restrict North Korea’s international trade. They also prohibit U.N. members from importing coal and iron from North Korea. Coal and iron are two key exports for North Korea. The Rodong Sinmun also stated that despite the hardships, allegiances to Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, would not be permitted to waver.
“Even if we give up our lives, we should continue to show our loyalty to our leader, Kim Jong-un, until the end of our lives” Stated the newspaper, Rodong Sinmun.
“It’s an old pattern of telling the population to endure short-term hardship for the promise of larger benefits over the long term,” Said Daniel Pinkston, a lecturer at Troy University in Seoul, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times
North Korea has requested 440,000 tons of food aid from overseas to feed its people so far this year.