(Washington, DC, March 7, 2003) The U.S. government's recent decision to send as much as 100,000 metric tons of food aid to DPR Korea through the World Food Program is a news welcomed by the Institute for Strategic Reconciliation (ISR) and NGOs working in DPRK in the past several years. The US State Department's announcement made on February 25 was pleasantly accepted specially by those American NGOs that sent a letter on January 15, 2003 to appeal to US government for sustaining humanitarian aid to DPRK.
Report on Phase I of ISR Programs in North Korea
Major Accomplishments: 1998 - 2002
Medical and Health Aid Programs in DPR Korea
From 1998 to 2002, the Institute for Strategic Reconciliation , a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan independent think tank and developmental relief organization, has sent over $15 million value of essential medicines and medical supplies in eleven shipments to North Korea (DPRK). The target beneficiaries were children, elderly, pregnant/nursing women, and disabled.
Patience and Consistency Pays off in NGO Programs in DPR Korea
(Washington DC, August 8)- The Institute for Strategic Reconciliation, Inc, a 501(c)(3) think tank, has agreed with DPRK to expand its 3-year long relief and development program in the key sectors of public health and education.
During the ISR's latest 4th visit to DPRK in last April and May, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) of DPRK extended their gratitude to individual and institutional donors who participated in sending "Medicines for Reconciliation" in the past three years. About 13 million dollars …
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The 10th Washington North Korea Roundtable
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June 7 - 8, 2001
(Washington, D.C. Oct. 2) - A 20-foot container of essential drugs donated by Korean-Americans began to get distributed in September in several hospitals and clinics located in urban and rural areas of DPR Korea. This medicine shipment is the third one in a year given by the Institute for Strategic Reconciliation (ISR), a not-for-profit, independent Washington-based think tank, to help save patients of DPR Korea on humanitarian grounds.
President Asaph Young Chun of the ISR witnessed the arrival and distribution of critically needed medicines during his 8-days stay in DPR Korea.
(Washington, D.C. July 7) - The Institute for Strategic Reconciliation (ISR), a not-for-profit, independent Washington-based think tank, announced today that essential drugs critically needed this Summer have arrived at Port Nampo of DPR Korea on June 25 for treating children, pregnant or nursing women, elderly, and the disabled of DPRK.
(Washington, D.C. March 30, 2000): The Institute for Strategic Reconciliation (ISR), a Washington-based think tank, appealed last fall to send wheelchairs and crutches to the disabled children and women of DPR Korea, the group ignored by the international humanitarian aid community.
The America Wheat Mission, Inc. (AWM), a Korean-American Christian service group for the disabled, has responded by kicking off a national campaign in March to send 150 wheelchairs and 500 crutches to disabled children and adults of DPR Korea.
ISR's Reconciliation Ambassadors with Medicines Help Heal
The Washington-based Institute for Strategic Reconciliation (ISR) has announced today that its 3-member medical delegation to DPR Korea has confirmed the very transparent distribution of the ISR essential drugs in a 20-foot container to hospitals and clinics in North and South Pyongan Province, North Hwanghae Province, South Hamkyung Province, and part of Pyongyang city.
(Washington, D.C. Jan. 11) The Institute for Strategic Reconciliation (ISR) confirmed today that critically needed Essential Drugs have arrived at Port Nampo of DPR Korea on December 29, 1999 for distribution to key medical facilities in the next two months.
The ISR has shipped a 20-foot container of medical aid from the United States on Nov.
The Institute for Strategic Reconciliation (ISR)'s 5-member team of "Reconciliation Ambassadors for Medicines" has completed a successful humanitarian trip to DPR Korea Sep. 18 to 21, thanks to the partnership of DPRK's hosting organization. Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific Peace Committee and his representatives pleasantly hosted the ISR delegation
The Institute for Strategic Reconciliation, Inc. (ISR) is hosting The Washington North Korea Roundtable as follows:
Topic: America's Economic Engagement with North Korea: Assessment and Prospects
When: Thursday, February 11, 6:30 pm
Where: Woo Lae Oak Restaurant - Conference Room, 1500 South Joyce Street, Arlington, VA
The Institute for Strategic Reconciliation, Inc. (ISR) cordially invites you to attend Washington North Korea Roundtable: Relief and Development toward Reconciliation in the ISR annual meeting as follows:
Thursday, Dec. 17, 6 pm
Where: Woo Lae Oak Restaurant, 2nd floor
1500 South Joyce Street, Arlington, VA
Directions: Tel - 703.521.3706 (near Pentagon City Fashion Center metro stop/Blue or yellow line)
Speakers: Andrew Natsios, Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace
InterAction NGO Working Group on North Korea
American NGOs assisting the people of North Korea issued the following statement September 25 supporting the administration's decision to provide an additional 300,000 metric tons of food aid. The signatory agencies are members of the NGO Working Group on North Korea organized and supported by InterAction.
American non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been providing emergency humanitarian assistance to the people of North Korea since 1995.
(Washington, DC - ISR, Sep. 11) - 'The American Council on Wheat for Reconciliation' which initiated on August 15 the Wheat for Reconciliation advocacy grassroots campaign, seems to have influenced the recent U.S. decision to provide 300,000 tons of wheat surplus to North Korea. The Council and its group or individual constituents advocating the expeditious donation of 500,000 tons of American wheat surplus to North Korea on humanitarian grounds alone, have sent the appeal letter to each of 540 U.S.
Policy Action Recommendation: It is recommend that the U.S. government do provide at least 500,000 tons of wheat to hunger-stricken DPR Korea which still has a shortfall of one million metric tons of grain by this October. DPR Korea is not ready yet to break the cycle of food crisis as its upcoming fall crop would produce only half of 23 million people's grain needs even under the most ideal weather in August.
(The following are the remarks made at the news conference held immediately after "North Korea Roundtable: Prospects for Relief and Development" at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 1998. The remarks are their own, and do not necessarily represent their affiliated organizations.)
Andrew Natsios, Vice President