The UN predicts North Korea’s daily food rations may drop further, possibly to “famine” levels, after the worst harvest in ten years slashed allowances to 300 grammes per person.
As more foundations cut medical aid to Pyongyang, observers wonder whether “maximum pressure” policies merely hurt civilians, without wringing substantial government concessions.
Apparently acknowledging the crisis Tuesday, Donald Trump told South Korean president Moon Jae-In providing aid “would be a timely and positive move.”
Ultimately, blame for the humanitarian crisis rests with Pyongyang, which has splurged on nuclear advances and military projects while neglecting citizens’ welfare.
Yet critics also argue that U.S.-led sanctions—including on vital energy imports—have crippled North Korean agriculture and blocked crucial medical aid.
How should international communities balance between punishing rogue states, and accounting for civilian costs?
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