North Korea puts ‘luxury food’ on the list of banned goods

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Kim’s uncle reportedly died last week in custody North Korea has reportedly ordered its citizens to stop eating rich foods as officials consider whether to move up economic…

North Korea puts 'luxury food' on the list of banned goods

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Kim’s uncle reportedly died last week in custody

North Korea has reportedly ordered its citizens to stop eating rich foods as officials consider whether to move up economic targets set in April.

The sanctions are believed to be a move to alleviate concerns over food shortages in the impoverished country.

Some experts have predicted the north could be affected in late 2020, which is a year away.

The US announced new sanctions on North Korea this month, as it prepared to return to negotiations over the country’s nuclear weapons programme.

According to Pyongyang Radio, the North Korean government ordered the government to order public figures to cut consumption of so-called “luxury goods”.

The action was intended to show that citizens “welcome” cuts in benefits, the BBC’s John Sudworth reported from Pyongyang Radio.

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The sanctions imposed by the UN are blamed for a sharp increase in inflation

In April, Pyongyang Radio reported that economic officials set a target of 2.5% inflation in 2020.

According to the BBC’s John Sudworth, many North Koreans’ finances are entirely dependent on state coffers.

The North’s official news agency KCNA reported in May that inflation rose 17.7% in 2017, and has continued to rise in the past year.

“The majority of people are already exhausted by their sufferings, including shortages of food and other goods,” the report said.

“Many enjoy luxuries that a man and woman in the outside world would no doubt consider demeaning and sometimes objectionable,” it added.

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