Russia: North Korea faces acute shortages

The Russian embassy in Pyongyang says foreign nationals are leaving North Korea as essential items are in short supply under severe coronavirus restrictions.

The embassy posted photos on Facebook on Thursday. The post says 38 foreign nationals left the North Korean capital on March 18.

It says the gates of the missions of Britain and some other nations were locked, and fewer than 290 foreign people remain in North Korea.

The photos show empty buildings of international organizations and diplomatic missions from countries such as the Czech Republic and Pakistan. They also show withered plants at a parking lot left untouched.

The movement of people and goods in North Korea has been severely restricted for more than a year due to measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Russian embassy says not everyone can cope with the unprecedented, severe restrictions and the acute shortage of necessary goods, including medicines.