Newly released reports from citizen journalists inside North Korea claim a father was executed in May for murdering his two children for food.
"Asia Press, a specialist news agency based in Osaka, Japan, which has a network of 'citizen journalists' inside North Korea and is regarded as credible," the Times reports.
Asia Press concludes that, based on dozens of interviews and previous reports, more than 10,000 people may have died as a result of a brutal drought-fueled famine last year in the North and South Hwanghae provinces, south of the country's capital, Pyongyang.
The Times notes that North Korea has not officially confirmed any deaths and a government-supervised mission by the United Nations in September found food surpluses in both provinces. The Asia Press report suggests the drought may have ended by then.
The Daily Mail mentions another chilling alleged incident documented in the report in which a man dug up his grandchild's corpse and ate it.
The paper also notes that North Korea was hit by a devastating famine in the 1990s called the Arduous March. Between 240,000 and 3.5 million people died during the famine, according to the Daily Mail.
The Asia Press report comes a week after the U.N. Security Council announced expanded sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for the country launching a rocket in December.
North Korea's National Defense Commission in Pyongyang threatened to wage a "full-fledged confrontation" against the U.S. after the sanctions were announced.