Seoul heeds UN emergency food appeal for North Korea



Responding to a World Food Program request for 44,000 tons of food supplies for North Korea, Seoul agreed to deliver $20 million in food aid – over half of it corn – to Pyongyang through the Food and Agriculture Organization. “Our government has taken into account the difficult food situation of North Korea…our responsibility in the international community and domestic public opinion about humanitarian support,” said South Korean Unification Minister Lee Jae-joung. “This is totally different in nature from the provision of rice to the North (Korea) in the form of a loan,” he added, referring to a now-suspended agreement to ship 400,000 tons of rice to Pyongyang under a 30-year $150-million loan. “This crucial and very generous donation will allow us to increase our response to the most pressing needs of the people of the DPRK,” stated WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.

Sources:
Seoul pledges $20m food aid to Pyongyang (IANS)
South Korea will send some emergency aid to North (Reuters)

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