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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea's Kim pushes farm reform as food crisis grows

Orders to expand cultivation come amid reports of starvation deaths

 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a greenhouse in this undated photograph.  (Photo by KCNA via Reuters) 

SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pledging to address food insecurity in his country, calling for measures to boost agricultural production nationwide at a plenary session of the ruling party this week.

It is "important to concentrate on increasing the yield at all the farms," Kim told the Workers' Party of Korea. He called it necessary for "each sector and unit to give mental and moral, material and technical support and assistance to the rural communities."

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