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‘Hangry’ North Korean Soldiers Skip Training Amid Food Shortage

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Training of North Korean agricultural workers (Photo = My Country)

Amidst the ongoing food shortage in North Korea, it has been reported that the food situation even disrupts the training of local military units (paramilitary training units).

A source in Nampo City stated on the 22nd, “70% of the personnel from units such as the 316th Regiment stationed in Nampo City and the directly controlled engineering battalion could not participate in comprehensive training due to the food situation, and only memorized regulations as studying in the barracks,” according to SPN.

The source said, “Due to the lack of proper training, they received the lowest rating among the letter grades in participated live-fire exercises during the comprehensive combat readiness inspection conducted by the Supreme Command in March 2024.”

Meanwhile, a source in Ryanggang Province also reported, “We could not conduct local military training.”

The North Korean paramilitary training unit is a quasi-military organization composed of men aged 17 to 45 and unmarried women aged 17 to 30.

Depending on the size, they are organized into divisions and brigades and are directly controlled by the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces.

As of the 15th, the price of rice (2.2lb) currently being traded in North Korean markets is about $6 in Pyongyang (+0.2 cents compared to two weeks ago), about $7 in Hyesan city (+1.3 cents), about $6 in Wonsan city (+1.1 cents), and about $6 in Sariwon city (+0.1 cents).

Daniel Kim
content@viewusglobal.com

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