North Korea: It Killed Two Million People And Now It Might Be Back

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 7.28.35 PMNorth Korean media is warning that the “arduous march” might be returning to the peninsula according to CNBC. A threat that could be more deadly than nuclear war.

From CNBC:

A North Korean newspaper has warned citizens to prepare for economic hardships ahead as the rogue nation channels funding into its weapons program.

In an editorial published in state-controlled outlet Rodong Sinmun this week, a reference was made to a new “arduous march,” the term given to the 1990s economic crisis and famine that killed over two million.

“The path to the revolution is never easy, we might have to go through Arduous March again—in which we only had to eat roots of the grass—and we might have to fight against our enemies all by one’s self,” the editorial said, according to a CNBC translation of the Korean text.

The article comes as the United Nations (U.N.) enforces tough new sanctions on the country in the aftermath of Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test in January, and a rocket launch in February. The new measures, passed on March 2, are more aggressive than previous U.N. resolutions and designed to cut off funds for Pyongyang’s nuclear and other banned weapons program, the U.N. said.

Famine in North Korea can quickly rage out of control. Two million died last time North Korea had a famine so even if the next famine is relatively small it could still be the worst catastrophe of the decade.

Between 80,000-120,00 residents in North Korea’s four major political concentration camps are already being starved and tortured according to the UN. Increased domestic hardship could also lead to more unpredictable behavior from the regime. This is an issue the next president will need to deal with cautiously.