WFP to Launch Emergency Food Program in NKorea

The World Food Program is set to launch an emergency food program that will help meet the needs of 3.5 million people in North Korea, the agency announced Friday (April 29).

The agency said it would distribute cereals and ingredients that would allow local production of nutritious food, Reuters report. It stressed that its operation will include “the highest standards of monitoring and control” to make sure the food is not diverted and reaches its intended beneficiaries, according to The Associated Press.

Meantime, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has accused South Korea and the U.S. of violating human rights by refusing to provide food aid to North Korea.

“To deliberately withhold food aid to the North Korean people because of political or military issues not related is really indeed a human rights violation,” BBC quotes Carter, who was in Seoul, South Korea, on April 29.

The U.S. State Department has denied Carter’s accusation, with a senior official explaining that North Korea is responsible for the situation of its own people.

“As you know well, the North Koreans were the ones who abruptly suspended the aid program in 2009, ordering our humanitarian personnel to leave the country and leave behind 20,000 metric tons of US food,” BBC quotes Jacob Sullivan, the department’s policy planning director.

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