North Koreans have been warned to be prepared to eat roots as the country may be heading for another famine.
The dictatorship’s main state-run newspaper told citizens to brace themselves for another ‘arduous march’ – a term used to describe the great four-year North Korean famine of the 1990s.
The warning came in the wake of China agreeing to new stiff sanctions against North Korea, in response to its recent nuclear test and rocket launch.
‘The road to revolution is long and arduous’, an editorial in newspaper Rodong Sinmun newspaper stated on Monday,The Telegraph reports.
‘We may have to go on an arduous march, during which we will have to chew the roots of plants once again’.
The government mouthpiece also warned that even as they faced starving to death, North Koreans would be expected not to blame the state and its Supreme Leader.
‘Even if we give up our lives, we should continue to show our loyalty to our leader, Kim Jong-un, until the end of our lives’.
The Telegraph also reports that citizens in the capital of Pyongyang have been ordered to provide 2.2lb of rice to the state every month, while North Koreans across the country have begun hoarding food as fear spread of another famine.
Some 3.5million people died in the North Korean famine from 1994-1998, known as the ‘Arduous March’.
Words such as ‘hunger’ and ‘famine’ were banned during the ‘Arduous March’ as it implied that the government, then headed by Kim Jong-Un’s grandfather Kim Il-Sung and later his father Kim Jong-Il, had failed the population.