The United States has offered assistance to North Korea, where humanitarian needs are reportedly rising due to recent heavy flooding.
The assistance, worth up to $900,000, includes tents, plastic sheets and other emergency relief items. But it would not include food aid, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, according to Reuters.
The U.S. has yet to decide on whether or not it would resume its food aid program in North Korea, months after sending a team of food security experts to assess the food situation in the reclusive Asian nation.
Nuland said U.S. diplomats are in talks with their North Korea counterparts in the latter’s mission office in New York to finalize details of the assistance and make sure it meets “the concrete needs of the North Korean people and will be used properly.”
The assistance would be coursed through U.S. non-governmental organizations and will be distributed primarily to the heavily hit provinces of Kanwon and North and South Hwanghe, the State Department said in a news release.
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