North Korean state media urges rejection of ‘poisoned candy’ foreign aid despite food shortages


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North Korea's official newspaper has said the country should reject foreign aid - likening it to "poisoned candy" - despite deepening hardships and reported food shortages. The ruling Workers' Party paper, Rodong Sinmun, warned against receiving economic help from "imperialists" who use aid as a "trap to plunder and subjugate". "It is a mistake to try to boost the economy by accepting and eating this poisoned candy," the paper said. It comes after warnings of a critical food shortage in the isolated nation, which in recent years has suffered from floods and typhoons and international sanctions aimed at curbing its...