N. Korea stresses importance of rice farming due to worsening food crisis

Amil Renhart, April 30, 2019, 9:23 a.m.

North Korea's state media are reduced to stressing the importance of rice farming as international sanctions strangle off the supply of hard currency and the food crisis worsens.

The official Rodong Sinmun in an editorial titled "Let's uphold the party with rice" on Monday said, "The victorious sound of roaring guns that will mercilessly frustrate hostile forces' maneuver to choke us off with sanctions will come first from the agricultural front."

"Rice is more precious than gold," it added.

The daily encouraged people ahead of the planting season as the propaganda machine has reverted to promoting nation founder Kim Il-sung's "juche" or self-reliance doctrine.

"We should have a lot of rice to hold the banner of the state-first policy higher and to uphold our socialist system more strenuously," the daily said.

Meanwhile, [North] Korean Central Television aired a 50-minute clip of leader Kim Jong-un's three-day visit to Russia on Sunday afternoon, where he wore a fetching fedora and a black overcoat just like Kim Il-sung did.

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