U.N. Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Lyn Pascoe defended the need to provide food aid to North Korea, noting that the people there need food, CNN reports. Pascoe said that more than a third of North Korea’s population is suffering from malnutrition and hunger. He added that the situation should not be viewed through a political lens.
“There clearly is malnutrition at younger ages, so we’re trying to help them with fortified food and up through the schools so that they can eat. There also was a very large program on immunizations for the children,” Pacoe was quoted by CNN.