First, it's not that in your beloved US it isn't the government who control food distribution (ever heard of FDA?). Secondly, it was Reagan's arms race that contributed to the food "deficit" in the Soviet Union in 1982-1991 and not so much the planned economy. The USSR simply didn't have enough economic power to both defend herself and feed her citizens. And yes, she had to defend herself first lest she wanted to share Yugoslavia's or Iraq's fate. Now, DPRK (or whatever the abbreviation is) is another matter: they simply don't have enough resources or arable land and cannot normallu feed themselves without foreign aid - as simple as that.Having grown in Soviet Union, I'll attest to the fact.