Yeah, I know, the Iran situation is more in the headlines, but nobody knows anything and everybody is shooting off their mouths. I shall comment on that one when things settle down a bit.
Instead I shall provide info less widely reported coming out of nkecon on the still-unreported-in-MSM story about the increasingly bad food situation in North Korea (DPRK). There are multiple reports. Drought has hit the principal rice growing area in DPRK. Also, there is now a serious situation regarding potatoes, the old backup for wheat and rice failures. and generally a widely relied upon staple for DPRK diets.
The latest hot story regarding potatoes is that a couple of people have been arrested and sent to labor camps for stealing potato seeds. Reportedly this often goes on at this time (actually May when there is a two week period when usually most planting occurs). Most of the time these people are not themselves using the potato seeds to plant them themselves but selling them to others. But this year the situation was much more serious last month, and these arrests are a sign of it.
As I argued earlier, this situation is probably aggravating political conflicts within DPRK. We have seen a weird letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump even dumping on Biden. Trump has now further disgraced himself by not only praising this letter, including specifically for its Biden remarks, but even going so far as to say after Kim’s dead brother was reported to have been a CIA informant that, no, not during his presidency will we let the CIA spy on North Korea. We shall only use DOD intel agencies to keep track of DPRK nuclear weapons programs.