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Date : April 17, 2013
War Exercises Increasing People’s Hardships
   http://www.rfa.org/korean/in_focus/lifetrouble-04112013155933.html [771]

Radio Free Asia reported that the North Korean authorities’ ongoing threat of war is making people’s lives harder.

Because of the war atmosphere, the value of a dollar is increasing in North Korea, which is leading to a rise in rice prices. According to a merchant in North Korea, 1kg of rice currently costs 7,500 won. He also added that rice prices and the dollar's value has increased since the authorities stopped the operation of Kaesong Industrial Region on the 8th.

Although general North Korean people are struggling because of the hardships, the wealthy classes are still enjoying buying expensive clothes. As a result of hardships, the gap between the wealthy and the poor is rising.

Source: Radio Free Asia

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