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North Korean Drought Raises Food Security Concerns, U.N. Says

Bloomberg News: North Korea Drought Risks Poor Harvests This Year, U.N. Says
“A three-month drought in North Korea risks causing poor harvests in the isolated state this year and is raising food security concerns, according to the United Nations. A dry spell from mid-April through early June ‘led to moisture deficits particularly in the central and southern “food basket” provinces,’ the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization said in a report dated Wednesday. The drought is adversely affecting plantings, the U.N. wrote…” (Kim, 6/17).

Deutsche Welle: German NGO: Drought situation in North Korea ‘alarming’
“North Korea says it has been hit by its worst drought in a century, resulting in extensive damage to agriculture. DW speaks to German food aid agency Welthungerhilfe about the situation on the ground…” (Felden, 6/17).

Korea Herald: U.S. has no plan to provide food aid to N. Korea amid report of record drought
“The United States said Wednesday it has no plans to provide food aid to North Korea amid concern food shortages in the impoverished communist nation could significantly worsen due to what the country calls the worst drought in a century…” (6/18).

New York Times: North Korea Says It’s Facing Its Worst Drought in a Century
“…United Nations officials recently expressed growing concern about the lack of rain. In April, the United Nations called for $111 million to fund its humanitarian operations in North Korea, saying that 70 percent of the country’s 25 million people were ‘food insecure’…” (Sang-Hun, 6/17).

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