“Rice is the ammunition for conquering the enemy”
On May 30th, Rodong Sinmun published an article that likened rice to “ammunition for conquering the enemy.”
Quoting Kim Jong-il as saying, “With guns and rice, there is no enemy to fear,” the piece stressed that “the attitude of the 1950s, with which we fought for an increase in war-time food production, must be the foundation on which an abundant harvest will be achieved this year.”
The article continued to play on the rice-bullet metaphor, urging for socialism to succeed through filling barrels with rice grains “ripened like bullets.”
With the rice-planting season starting, North Korean media has issued many pieces emphasizing how rice-planting must be treated as a war. For example, on May 23rd, Rodong Sinmun depicted North Korean citizens in the midst of a “rice-planting war”.
It appears that the DPRK state is acutely conscious about public perceptions of food shortage, as a new year of farming begins.