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N. Korea receives second shipment of U.S. food aid

All Headlines 13:43 August 05, 2008

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Tuesday the second shipment of food aid from the United States has arrived in its western port of Nampo earlier this week.

"A ship carrying the second batch of food donated by the U.S. has arrived at the Nampo port on Monday," the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported without elaborating.

The U.S. promised to send 500,000 tons of grain through the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) and non-governmental relief groups in the coming year. The first batch of around 37,000 tons of wheat arrived at the same port on June 29.

The second shipment is reportedly composed of 23,000 tons of corn.

North Korea has relied on foreign handouts to help feed its 23 million population since the late 1990s, when between one to three million people are believed to have starved to death.

The WFP's director for North Korea Jean-Pierre de Margerie said in Beijing last week that North Korea is suffering its worst food crisis in years due to rising grain prices and a poor harvest.

sshim@yna.co.kr
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