UN food agency chief visits N Korea

World Food Programme director heads to country where third of population is said to be undernourished.

    It is the first high-level WFP visit to North Korea, that resists outside influence, in a decade [AFP]

    The World Food Programme's executive director has visited North Korea, a country blighted by undernourishment, for the body's first top-level meeting with North Korean officials in ten years. 

    Josette Sheeran, the World Food Programme's (WFP) executive director, was greeted by Pak Kil Yon, the North Korean vice-foreign minister, in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, on Wednesday state media reported.

    The WFP has provided food supplies to North Korea for the last 15 years.

    North Korea resists influence from outsiders, but about one third of the country's 24 million population is thought to be undernourished.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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