Democratic People's Republic of KoreaOngoing
Appeals & Response Plans
Moscow has delivered 370 tons of food
relief to North Korea, the second shipment of such aid, its embassy in
''In accordance with the Russian government's decree, the humanitarian aid, totaling 370 tons of food, has been delivered to North Koreans who have suffered from natural calamities,'' the embassy press release said.
The aid included canned meat, milk and sugar, it said.
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Pyongyang Puts Soldiers Along the DMZ on the Alert
North Korea has strengthened its ability to wage war despite its serious food shortage, pending the third anniversary of the death of the late leader Kim Il-sung, the Defense Ministry said yesterday. The isolated Stalinist country could launch an attack or provocation at any time, but there seem to be no unusual signs at the moment that the North would launch an immediate attack against the South, an informed ministry intelligence official said.
hungry North Koreans. ''We are starting a signature-collecting campaign to help the famine-stricken North Koreans,''
they said in a statement, adding that it aims to ship 1 million tons of food to the North. The group leaders, including
Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan and the Buddhist Rev. Song Wol-ju,[urged greater roles on the part of the South
Korean government to help the North Korean people.
rice it received from South Korea in 1995 for military use.
''The North's food shortage problem is so serious that even its soldiers are not being fed properly,'' Kim said during a
visit to an air base. Kim visited the air base ahead of the June 25 anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.
''There is no guarantee that part of the rice aid we donated didn't go to the military,'' he said.
The Sangyoung-ho, which will carry 1,000 tons of corn flour and 150,000 boxes of ramyon (instant noodles), will leave Pusan Saturday for the North, said the official. It will be the first South Korean vessel to dock at a North Korean port with relief goods from private organizations.
China for delivery to North Korea, officials said yesterday.
The move follows a North Korean complaint Monday that the corn packed in 50kg bags was substandard and, in some
cases, contained impurities such as plaster powder. In a message to his South Korean counterpart, Li Song-ho, acting
president of North Korea's Red Cross, also said there were even stones and pieces of wood in some bags.