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VOA News Reports On U.S. Response To U.N. Aid Request For North Korea

VOA News: U.S. Deflects U.N. Request to Fund Humanitarian Aid for N. Korea
“The United States is resisting calls from the United Nations to provide humanitarian aid to North Korea, citing Pyongyang’s continuing expansion of its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenal. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report released last week that $111 million is needed to fund humanitarian efforts in North Korea next year. In ‘Global Humanitarian Overview 2019,’ the OCHA said the money could provide aid to six million of 10.3 million North Koreans who will need humanitarian support in 2019. In response, a State Department spokesperson said while the U.S. is concerned, North Korea has the means to meet its own humanitarian needs…” (Lee, 12/11).