N Korea tells artists to create ideological work that ‘replace tons of food’

N Korea tells artists to create ideological work that ‘replace tons of food’

Artists in North Korea have been told to create “ideological work” that can become a substitute for “thousands of tons of food”.

A bizarre press statement released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) paraphrased several unnamed speakers at what it called the Ninth National Meeting of Artists.

According to the report, speeches at the event called for a “fresh heyday of literature and art… making even a single movie or an article a powerful weapon in the party’s ideological work which can be a substitute for thousands of tons of food and tens of thousands of shells”.

Food shortages in North Korea are a continuing problem and a famine from 1994 to 1998 killed hundreds of thousands of people.

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