North Korea Famine Not Imminent but Flood Impact Not Yet Clear: U.N.

Published on 09 August 2012

Impoverished North Korea is a long way from famine levels that killed hundreds of thousands in the 1990s but it won't be until late next month that a full assessment of food levels after recent floods is possible, a U.N. official said on Thursday. (..) "Fortunately we are really quite far away from the situation in the mid-1990s," said Claudia von Roehl, the U.N. World Food Programme's (WFP) representative in North Korea. (..) Von Roehl said the United Nations will conduct a full-scale food assessment for the malnourished North next month.

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