North Korea Today No. 191 - Aug 2008


In Pyongyang City, Long Delays Affect Food Distribution

This past July, Pyongyang City distributed 10-day rations of long grain rice(???), polished wheat (??) and crushed maize(????;????) to residents in the center of the city. City officials had publically announced that they would distribute food in August. However, the distribution is still pending. People in the outskirts of the city have not received any rations since last month. Moreover, the stored food supplies have nearly run empty. City officials have ordered that residents should be guaranteed rations, but a majority of executives share the gloomy view that any guarantee is impossible unless the army also turns over some of its food to civilians.