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4. UN set to provide N.Korea with additional aid

A top United Nations aid official says the world body will provide additional humanitarian aid to North Korea as the country is facing serious food shortages.

Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, revealed the plan in a meeting at UN headquarters on Friday.

Lowcock heads the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which has been providing support to North Korea for nearly 20 years.

He explained that economic sanctions against North Korea have been causing significant delays to the loading and transportation of aid supplies to the country.

The official said the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund should be useful to address the shortage of funds for providing support to North Korea. The objectives of the fund include enhancing response to time-critical requirements for saving lives.

China and Russia are calling for an easing of the sanctions on North Korea. Japan and the United States are demanding the North's denuclearization should come first.
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