‘The road to revolution is long and arduous,’ an editorial in the state-run newspaper read.
North Korea is telling its citizens to prepare for famine.
State-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun published an editorial Monday telling the people of North Korea that food shortages and economic hardship are on the horizon, Time reports.
The news comes less than a month after the United Nations Security Council handed down harsh sanctions for North Korea continuing its nuclear and missile programs. The sanctions, targeted at the nation’s elite and their assets, prohibit certain luxury items and ban exports of resources being used to finance the country’s weapons pursuit.
A result of this struggle, the editorial says, “We may have to go on an arduous march, during which we will have to chew the roots of plants once again,” invoking a metaphor used by North Korean leadership for the four-year famine in the country beginning in 1994, during which approximately 3 million people died.
“The road to revolution is long and arduous,” it continued, calling for renewed support for Kim Jong Un in the form of a “70-day campaign of loyalty” that involves each already-struggling residents of Pyongyang donating two pounds of rice per month to state warehouses. Farmers are also being forced to “donate”portions of their crops to the military.
As of February, the Telegraph reports, North Korea has received 17,600 tons of food aid from other countries. It has requested 440,000 tons.
North Korea often distributes propaganda through its government-controlled media, portraying the administration in a positive light.