In an attempt to discount reports of a food shortage in the country, North Korean state media has put out a new video that shows a well-stocked meat shop in the capital of Pyongyang and takes viewers on a tour of the city’s modern fish tanks.
In June, the Australian Broadcast Corp. released a different kind of video, which was shot inside the country by an undercover North Korean journalist. The footage showed filthy, homeless and orphaned children begging for scraps and soldiers stealing food from rice sellers. The images indicated the country could be on the verge of a famine.
International aid workers say North Korea’s food shortage is the worst in years, and that 6 million North Koreans will continue to live “on a knife edge” if they do not get aid. The regime's appeals for food aid have been largely ignored by a skeptical international community that believes much of the food would wind up with the nation’s military and its elite in Pyongyang. But South Korea said Monday that it will resume sending aid to its northern neighbor through the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF.
In the late 1990s, North Korea suffered a famine that killed 2 million people.
Watch the footage of the meat shop below: