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WFP says food aid to N. Korea plunges amid sanctions

All Headlines 09:44 January 08, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- The World Food Program has said the amount of food assistance provided to North Korea has plunged amid international sanctions imposed on the impoverished country.

The U.N. food agency said in a recent report that it provided 363 tons of fortified food to 457,760 pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as children under five in the North in November. The tally is sharply down from 1,083 tons provided to 475,000 people the previous month.

"Unintended impact of sanctions on supply chain remains a major constraint," the report said. "Six months lead time is required for international procurement and shipping."

Some US$15.56 million is required to provide food support to North Korea's vulnerable people from December 2018 to May 2019, it said.

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