North Korean Development, Shortages Go Hand in Hand

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US intelligence agencies have indicated that defiant North Korea is testing the components to launch another intercontinental balllistic missile or intermediate range missile test from a submarine.

North Korea has experienced other significant droughts (2012 and 2014) and floods (2006, 2007, 2012 and 2016) that affected food supplies but did not lead to widespread starvation.

North Korea has tested over a dozen missiles this year, launching a collection of brand new short-, medium-, intermediate-, and long-range ballistic missiles, as well as a new and improved surface-to-air missiles and coastal defense cruise missiles.

It was confirmed that launch was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), capable of reaching the northern most reaches of Australia as well as North America.

But North Korea raised the stakes with its launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile as Americans celebrated Independence Day on July 4.

"They're setting up for something", a US defense official told AFP.

"Immediate interventions are needed to support affected farmers and prevent undesirable coping strategies for the most vulnerable, such as reducing daily food intakes", said Vincent Martin, FAO representative in China and North Korea in a statement.




Thornberry, who is pushing for a $2.5 billion increase to the Pentagon's missile defense budget, said Congress and the Trump administration need "to take forceful, swift steps to see that the USA and our allies are protected".

While the volume is small, it's becoming a point of tension between President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump, who's pressing Russian Federation and other powers to ramp up opposition to the Communist regime's nuclear-missile program.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said last week that he's "hopeful" the USA will find a way to remove Kim from his growing nuclear program.

The Washington Post first reported on the new timeline Wednesday, July 25, citing an assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency. In June, the United States blacklisted two Chinese citizens and a shipping company for helping North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes. Kim's regime may earn $30-$50 million a year from the migrant workers, who labor in remote Russian forest camps or on construction sites, he said.

"We are seeing a level of uncertainty that we have not witnessed in a very long time", Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters in Sydney.

For many, talk of food shortages in North Korea brings to mind the famines in the 1990s known as the "arduous march" that killed more than 3 million people. "And our poorly-painted little ship is also a path of peace".

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