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.
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.