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UN calls for food aid for starving North Koreans despite sanctions

The head of the UN World Food Programme has called for the White House and other western donors to put children’s lives before politics and fund a major injection of aid to North Korea despite the failure of Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un.

David Beasley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina who backed Trump’s campaign for the US presidency, said he had heard concerns that responding to an appeal from Pyongyang would prop up the Kim regime.

But in an interview with the Guardian, the World Food Programme’s executive director said, “as we speak”, teams of experts were canvassing the North Korean countryside to provide the donors with evidence of the scale of the crisis.

Due to flooding and a heatwave last year, North Korea is facing a shortfall of 1.4m tonnes in food production this year, including wheat, rice, potatoes and soybean.

An estimated 11 million people – 40% of the population – are already undernourished, with one in five children stunted due to chronic malnutrition.

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