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North Korea demands U.S. stop humanitarian aid supplies
RIA Novosti

17/03/2009 22:08 WASHINGTON, March 17 (RIA Novosti) - A U.S. State Department spokesman said Tuesday that the United States would stop humanitarian aid supplies to North Korea after the communist state requested Washington discontinue the program.

Robert Wood said the U.S. had received an official request from North Korea several days ago. The notification contained no reasons for the rejection of the aid.

"Clearly, this is food assistance that the North Korean people need. That's why we're concerned," he said.

He added that the State Department would continue to cooperate with NGOs working in North Korea to make sure that earlier delivered humanitarian aid had reached those in need of it.

Wood also said that in 2008 and 2009, the U.S. had supplied 169,000 metric tons of humanitarian aid to North Korea, with the last batch of 5,000 tons dispatched in late January.

The North Korean decision comes amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang has called U.S.-South Korean military exercises preparation for war, and has also said that any attempt to shoot down what it calls a telecommunications satellite next month will also lead to armed conflict.

Seoul and Washington say the real purpose of the launch is to test a long-range Taepodong-2 missile, which is thought to have a range of 6,700 kilometers (4,100 miles) and could possibly reach Alaska.
 

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Steve Herman | Seoul 26 November 2010

In-Depth Coverage South Korea is further limiting the little assistance it allows to go to North Korea. The move comes after a barrage of artillery shells was fired at Yeonpyeong Island Tuesday. Two South Korean marines and two civilians died in the North Korean attack.

South Korea on Friday announced a further restriction on shipments of humanitarian aid to the impoverished communist North.

Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung says the move results from Tuesday's lethal artillery attack on a South Korean island.

Chun says shipments of even the most basic humanitarian aid heading to North Korea will be more strictly examined.

Seoul earlier this week announced its remaining promised flood relief to North Korea, including cement and medical supplies, was being immediately halted.

South Korea also canceled talks that had been scheduled for Thursday between the two countries' Red Cross societies. That has dashed hopes of any more reunions soon of long-separated families.

Since Tuesday's attack, South Korea has also prohibited its citizens from visiting the joint Korean industrial complex at Kaseong in the North.

This all does not sit well with a visiting United Nations official.

Concluding a five-day visit to South Korea, the U.N.'s special rapporteur on North Korea's human rights situation, requested that South Korea and other countries resume critical communication with Pyongyang as quickly as possible.

Marzuki Darusman says Tuesday's artillery exchange between the two Koreas certainly overshadowed his visit here to assess the human rights situation in North Korea, and is a setback for efforts to improve conditions in the isolated state.

"I would presume that this may have further repercussions in the short term. But it is my sincere hope that it is possible to overcome these misunderstandings and conflict soon and to recommence the dialog," said Darusman.

North Korea does not recognize the mandate of the U.N. envoy to investigate its human rights conditions.

Darusman's predecessor, Thailand's Vitit Muntarbhorn, never received Pyongyang's permission for a visit during his five-year tenure. And, the request by Darusman, a former Indonesian attorney general, last month to enter North Korea was also rebuffed.

"This would not preclude the possibility that, at some stage, such a visit could be made, one way or another," said Darusman.

North Korea is one of the world's poorest and most secretive countries.

The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee last week called on Pyongyang to immediately end "the systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights" in North Korea.
 

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Only 169,000 tons of food aid? We really, really suck as a nation and really really need to be fundamentally transformed. If Soros is such a humanitarian, why doesn't he put his money into toppling North Korea?
 
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