Postage stamps paper over a crumbling nation
Thursday 03 March 2011
The image of a smiling farmer surrounded by a harvest of plenty in North Korea hides the reality – many people in the country face starvation after a harsh winter.
The picture is one of four from recently issued stamps that reflected the isolationist state's aims to improve industry.
In the past eight months, Pyongyang has been accused of launching two unprovoked military attacks on South Korea. But the situation in the impoverished North is so bad that the United States is considering resuming food aid, despite considering the country a rogue state.
The US suspended food handouts to the impoverished North in 2009, after monitors were expelled. Resuming the assistance would be politically sensitive.
IoS exclusive: MI5 'tried to recruit' Woolwich attack suspect Michael Adebolajo
Fire and fury in Sweden as riots spread
EDL marches on Newcastle as attacks on Muslims increase tenfold in the wake of Woolwich machete attack which killed Drummer Lee Rigby
Fallen angel: Winona Ryder on bouncing back from her decade in the wilderness
Hurricane season fears as warning satellite fails
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Nook is donating eReaders to volunteers at high-need schools and participating in exclusive events throughout the campaign.
Get the latest on The Evening Standard's campaign to get London's children reading.
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.