A national demographic emergency has been declared in South Korea

People in South Korea / Photo EPA-EFE/JEON HEON-KYUN

South Korean President Yun Suk-yeol today declared a national demographic emergency due to the shrinking population, vowing to make every effort to combat the country's extremely low birth rate.

Yoon made the remarks during a meeting of the presidential committee on low birth rate and population aging, which warned that South Korea's population could eventually die out if the trend of an extremely low birth rate is not reversed.

-Today I officially declare a national demographic emergency. We will activate a comprehensive response system at the government level until the low birth rate problem is overcome, Yun said.

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