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The Answers: North Korea by Jeremy Kourdi

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The chronic state of famine that silently swept over North Korea between 1995 and 1999 is most conservatively estimated to have claimed between 600,000 to 1 million lives, making it one of the most devastating famines in the post-war era.5 With only 20% of its land cultivable, consistently harsh winters and a short growing season, North Korea has never been a country that could amply feed itself even at the best of times. Despite decades of propaganda, the often-spouted ideal of self-sufficiency according to the state philosophy of Juche Thought was never attained or even realistic.

This became evident when, following the collapse of ...

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