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Kim Jong-un has issued a directive to North Koreans to cut down on eating for the next three years.
The leader of the Hermit Kingdom has admitted that the border with China, which was closed last year because of the coronavirus outbreak, won't be open any time soon.
He has warned his already starving population that they need to consume even less food as the country's supplies start to run low.
According to the Mirror, North Korea's border with China isn't expected to reopen until 2025 and many residents are concerned how they will survive.
A North Korean resident told Radio Free Asia (RFA) that many citizens won't be able to hold on.
"Two weeks ago, they told the neighbourhood watch unit meeting that our food emergency would continue until 2025," they said. "Authorities emphasised that the possibility of reopening customs between North Korea and China before 2025 was very slim.
"The food situation right now is already clearly an emergency, and the people are struggling with shortages.
"When the authorities tell them that they need to conserve and consume less food until 2025...they can do nothing but feel great despair.
"Distrust and resentment of the authorities is rampant among the residents because at the meeting they said we should reduce the amount of food we eat and tighten our belts more than ever.
"Telling us to endure hardship until 2025 is the same as telling us to starve to death."
The world has known for some time that food shortages are commonplace in North Korea, however the coronavirus pandemic has worsened the situation.
Cutting the country off from its main trading partner, North Korea has caused major headaches that won't be an easy fix.
Food prices have skyrocketed in Kim Jong-un's land as they had to rely on what they could produce, which isn't much.
The United Nations believes the Hermit Kingdom is about 860,000 tonnes or two months' worth short of food at the moment.
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization recently revealed in a report that around 40 per cent of the country's population is undernourished.
"The continued sanctions and blockade on the DPRK, severe natural disasters that hit the country every year and the protracted world health crisis since 2020 are main obstacles to the Government's efforts to achieve the sustainable development of the country and improve the people's livelihood," the report said.
As winter approaches, the situation is only expected to get more dire for residents.
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