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North Korea looking to import meat from Mongolia

Staff writer ▼ | October 24, 2015
North Korea is looking to expand its food trading partners by importing meat from Mongolia, according to local media reports.
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A North Korean adviser to the Ambassador met with Mongolia’s Head of General Agency for Specialized Inspection Sh. Radnaased to discuss the issue this week.

“I am pleased that DPRK expresses interest in meat import and cooperation with us, and we are willing to provide necessary assistance such as supplying an information related to the veterinary quarantine and hygiene,” Radnaased said in comments carried by mongolia.gogo.

North Korea still struggles with food security, with its agriculture sector unable to produce sufficient protein, according to a 2013 report UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Recent NK News analysis on Chinese data also showed that North Korea is importing less food from its neighbor this year.

“Recently, when North Korea import products, commercial products including TVs are becoming more important. The importance of food including cereals is decreasing compared to before,” Choi Yongho, research fellow at the Korea Rural Economic Institute told NK News.