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Top U.N. relief official visits N. Korea

All News 22:35 July 09, 2018

SEOUL, July 9 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. humanitarian chief arrived in Pyongyang on Monday, North Korea's state news agency reported.

The Korean Central News Agency did not elaborate on the visit by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock.

Lowcock is set to meet with government officials, humanitarian partners and people receiving humanitarian assistance to better understand the humanitarian situation in North Korea during his trip, which ends Thursday, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

It was the first visit to North Korea by an emergency relief coordinator since 2011.

The U.N. office said over 10 million people -- or 40 per cent of North Korea's population -- require humanitarian assistance.

"Chronic food insecurity and undernutrition are widespread, resulting in 1 in 5 children being stunted," the U.N office said. "Access to basic services, such as healthcare, water and sanitation is a challenge for much of the population, especially in rural areas."


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