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Vulnerable North Koreans at risk of starvation: UN

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  • 14th October, 2021 04:18:23 PM
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Vulnerable North Koreans at risk of starvation: UN

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Vulnerable children and elderly people in North Korea are at risk of starvation, a UN expert has said, reports BBC.

The UN's special rapporteur on human rights in the country blamed international sanctions and a Covid blockade for worsening food shortages.

As a result, North Koreans are struggling daily to "live a life of dignity" Tomas Ojea Quintana said.

He called for the sanctions - imposed over North Korea's nuclear programmes - to be lifted to prevent a crisis.

North Korea is thought to be in dire economic straits.

It closed its borders to contain the spread of Covid-19. Trade with China has plummeted as a result. North Korea relies on China for food, fertiliser and fuel.

This week, leader Kim Jong-un admitted the country was facing a "grim situation", the state news agency reported.