Poverty In North Korea: Civilians Use Charcoal-Fueled Carts As Transportation After Western Sanctions

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Civilians in North Korea are now heavily affected by poverty. The citizens under Kim Jong-un are currently using trucks that are fueled by wood. Such trucks were last seen in the West during World War 2.

Poverty in North Korea: Charcoal-Fueled Trucks in Use

Charcoal, along with corn cobs soaked in old oil, are used as burners to fuel these vehicles. These vehicles are being used as ordinary citizens in the North are unable to afford high oil prices. Moreover, the return was due to the recent difficult economic sanctions administered by the West. The sanctions came after Jong-un’s nuke tests and missile launches.

These trucks are infrequently stopped for checking. This is because the trucks emit dense foul-smelling clouds of pungent smoke while they move around. A source within the communist state said that authorities in the North have ordered its citizens not to use trains. Therefore, people have started using charcoal-powered vehicles.

The insider also stated that these trucks are used to carry people and their belongings. It also transport goods for businesses. During the late 90s, civilians and soldiers in the country used these charcoal-powered trucks, Mirror UK said.

Radio Free Asia reported that these charcoal-powered vehicles are also used as taxis at the Aviation University in North Hamgyong province. Charcoal-fueled trucks are slow-moving. However, several people in the country are using these in order to have a cheap source of transportation.

“The charcoal-driven vehicles that run in Chongjin are the Seung-ri 58 (Victory 58) models that North Korea produced, and the Chinese Hae-Bang-Ho (Liberation) models,” the insider stated. “Charcoal-driven vehicles are actually exempt from abiding by regular traffic regulations, so most of the vehicles are affiliated with military units,” said another source. Thus the cost for passengers are quite low.

The source also claimed that while the vehicles belong to military units, these units stay deep inside the forests and mountains. They cut down trees there in order to use the wood as fuel for the trucks. The Forest Conservancy Administration does not regulate these activities.

Poverty in North Korea: New Sanctions by Japan and South Korea

After the West administered sanctions over the North, Japan and South Korea also announced sanctions. The two nations will be imposing unilateral sanctions on North Korea. The announcement was made after the UN Security Council decided to administer new sanctions on the North.

The National Law Review stated that there would sanctions imposed in terms of asset freezes on people involved in North’s nuclear and missile programs. This sanction was announced by Japan. Moreover, Japan also prohibited the entrance of all ships that were docked in North Korea.

On the other hand, South Korea declared sanctions of blacklisting a handful of new senior North Korean officials. The nation also declared to stop international missile and nuclear experts from entering North from the South. The South would do so when they perceive a threat.

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