U.N. Says N. Korea Needs Food Aid Following Severe Flooding

A report released Thursday by the U.N. resident coordinator’s office in Pyongyang, North Korea, said the country needs food aid following severe flooding that has killed at least 119 people and left tens of thousands of people homeless, the Associated Press reports (Kim/Pennington, 8/2). According to BBC News, “A U.N. spokesman in New York confirmed that the North Korean government has asked the U.N. to release emergency supplies such as food and fuel” (8/2).

“The United States said it would consider a request for assistance but has not received one, and it was not aware of Pyongyang making such requests to other states,” the AP writes. “‘If requested, it would be something that that we would carefully evaluate but we are not at that point,’ State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told a news conference in Washington Thursday,” according to the news agency. Earlier this year, the U.S. reached a deal with North Korea to offer 240,000 tons of food aid in exchange for the country halting nuclear tests, but the U.S. withdrew the offer after Pyongyang tested a long-range rocket in April, the AP notes (8/2).