Extra! Korea

January 6, 2010

North Korea is suffering runaway inflation

Filed under: economics, North Korea — extrakorea @ 1:32 pm

The Chosun Ilbo has an article about the runaway inflation that has taken place since their currency was reformed.

According to a North Korean source, 1 kg of rice cost about 30 won right after the currency reform but is now closing in on 1,000 won. The U.S. dollar was exchanged at the rate of 75 won to the greenback right after the currency reform but soared to 400 won in late December. There is speculation that it is now only a matter of time before the rate will reach 3,000 won, the same as the unofficial exchange rate of the old won.

The blog called One Free Korea has written, and continues to write, in detail, about this issue. Kushibo believes that this may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.


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