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11 Feb 1997 description

5:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (Reuter) - The World Food Program has formally appealed for $41.6 million in new food aid for North Korea and the United States was certain to make a contribution, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

"I understand the World Food Program today issued a new emergency appeal for humanitarian assistance to North Korea. The World Food Program is seeking donations of 100,000 metric tons of food valued at roughly $41.6 million," State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns told reporters.

06 Feb 1997 description

WASHINGTON (Reuter) - The World Food Program is expected to make a formal appeal for $38 million in new food aid for North Korea next week and the United States is likely to respond positively, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The comments by State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns appeared designed to reassure Pyongyang that Washington sympathized with its food problems and to resolve a disagreement that has kept North Korea from attending an important briefing on Korean peninsula peace talks.

03 Feb 1997 description

TOKYO (Reuter) - North Korea said Monday it had only half the grain needed to feed its people, an announcement that appeared aimed at putting pressure on the United States to give more aid.

31 Jan 1997 description

InterAction, a coalition of 150 humanitarian groups -- including the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) -- has called upon the U.S. government to take urgent action and prevent a major famine among North Korea's 23 million people.

27 Jan 1997 description

CWS member denominations have either contributed or have pledged $90,000 toward a $150,000 goal for the purchase of barley seeds in North Korea. This is part of a $500,000 appeal issued Dec. 23, 1996 (Emergency Account #7633U):

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).......$15,000
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)..................$50,000
Reformed Church in America....................$5,000

23 Jan 1997 description
report InterAction

An InterAction Press Statement

21 Jan 1997 description

TOKYO (Reuter) - The United States, Japan and South Korea have been discussing contingency plans in the event of a ''crisis'' in famine-stricken communist North Korea, a senior Japanese government official said Tuesday.

The official said reclusive North Korea, gripped by famine after two consecutive years of flooding, could run out of food within several months.

''Japan, the United States and South Korea have been exchanging information on the situation in North Korea,'' the official told Reuters in an interview.

20 Jan 1997 description


UNDP and the DPRK have initiated a "double cropping" agricultural programme to increase harvests and food security in the country and to help diversify agricultural crops. DPRK suffered severe food shortages following the 1995 and 1996 floods that hit the western part of the country. UNDP recently contributed $300,000 for the purchase of 250 tons of high-yield barley seeds to be planted on nearly 2,000 hectares of land this March, in time for harvesting in June. UNDP also supplied over 500
20 Jan 1997 description

SEOUL (Reuter) - The South Korean Red Cross Monday said it would resume food shipments to North Korea this month for the first time since an incursion by a Northern submarine froze desperately-needed aid to the communist nation.

"We are shipping 300 ton of flour bought from donations by the Korean National Confederation of Churches," a Red Cross official said.

The announcement follows a Japanese news report that Washington is so worried North Korea is running out of food it is consulting Asian friends about an emergency rescue passage.

06 Jan 1997 description

WASHINGTON (Reuter) - The U.S. Treasury has given a Minneapolis firm permission to export 500,000 tons of food to North Korea, a U.S. official said Monday, a week after the Communist nation apologized for a submarine incursion into South Korean waters.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said permission was given to Cargill Inc., one of the world's largest private grain traders, to make the export in a barter transaction with famine-struck North Korea.

Cargill Spokeswoman Laurie Johnson declined to say if the company was interested in such a barter deal.

03 Jan 1997 description

This is an excerpt of the original WFP report which includes: A) Democratic People's Republic of Korea B) Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire and Tanzania C) Ethiopia D) Afghanistan.

30 Dec 1996 description

WASHINGTON (Reuter) - The United States would consider easing trade sanctions and providing more food aid to North Korea now that Pyongyang has apologized for a submarine incursion into South Korea, U.S. officials said Monday.

The official also told reporters that North Korea has finally agreed to attend a crucial U.S.-South Korean "briefing" on a

23 Dec 1996 description

$500,000 APPEAL
North Korea will only be able to meet food requirements of itspopulation for the first seven months of 1997 without international aid.
100% of All Denominational Contributions
To Church World Service
Are Used for Disaster Relief & Recovery Programs

Disaster Bulletin No. 7633U


- CWS is issuing this new appeal for $500,000 within the context of the worldwide appeal for $2,146,133 from Action by Churches Together - the international emergency response consortium of churches and their agencies.

10 Dec 1996 description

Rome, 6 December - North Korea approaches 1997 in a far worse position than 1996 and still needs large scale amounts of international food assistance just to meet its minimum food needs, two UN agencies reported Friday.

20 Nov 1996 description

Pyongyang, November 20 (KCNA) -- Vice-premier Kong Jin Thae who is heading a delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made a speech at the World Food Summit meeting.

He expressed support to the Rome Declaration and action program and referred to the matters of achieving the security of world food.

17 Oct 1996 description

Key Points

  • Over the past two years there has been a remarkable transition in perceptions among Washington-based policy makers regarding the nature of the threat posed on the Korean Peninsula, from a focus on North Korea's nuclear program and military strength to a focus on the potential instability arising from North Korea's economic vulnerabilities and political uncertainties.
  • The Geneva Agreed Framework has provided the basis for defusing potential confrontation associated with the North Korean nuclear program, but--as the North Korean spy submarine incident …