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Russia has offered North Korea Covid vaccines once again, amid reports that a harsh lockdown is leading to extreme hunger.

Pyongyang has refused vaccines and aid from a number of countries.

It has instead sealed borders to try and keep the virus out but that has affected trade with China. It relies on Beijing for food, fertiliser and fuel.

Kim Jong-un has acknowledged that the country is facing food shortages, describing the situation as “tense”.

He made the comments last month and also told citizens to prepare for the “worst ever outcome” which has invoked comparisons to a deadly famine in the 1990s.

International trade sanctions are believed to have further put pressure on food supplies.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said that the country could face significant shortages as early as next month.

In a report the FAO projects North Korea will not be able to produce enough grain to feed its population this year.

Without “commercial imports and/or food aid, households could experience a harsh lean period from August to October,” the UN body said.

Russia has recently revealed to North Korea that “not every person can suffer phenomenally solid, all-encompassing limitations”, and on Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow has offered Pyongyang antibodies on various events.

He likewise rehashed the proposal to give immunizations should the nation require them.

North Korea says it has no Covid cases, a case questioned by specialists.

Last week a high positioning authority was terminated over an undefined “grave episode” accepted to be identified with the infection.

North Korean media later named him as Ri Pyong Chol, a highest level military authority.

Kim Jong-un likewise upbraided high ranking representatives over slips identified with Covid-19, North Korean state media report last month.

It was an uncommon indication of the pandemic’s seriousness in North Korea.

For what reason doesn’t North Korea have sufficient food?

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State media source KCNA said Mr Kim blamed senior authorities for carelessness at an uncommonly assembled meeting of gathering pioneers.

Subsequently, they “caused a grave episode that has made an incredible danger individuals and the country’s security”, as per his remarks in Korean.

Without antibodies, it is hazy how or when North Korea will actually want to ease line limitations and permit food and help into the country.

China and South Korea are among various nations that have recently offered hits to Pyongyang.

There is some uncertainty notwithstanding, over the country’s ability to store and circulate them.

Worldwide immunization sharing drive Gavi said in May that it had endlessly deferred a shipment of almost 2 million AstraZeneca antibodies to North Korea, refering to an absence of “specialized readiness”.

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