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North Korea: Food Supply

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL127, tabled on 1 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the United Nations World Food Programme's estimate that $69 million is required to ensure food security in North Korea, in the light of the level of spending by the government of North Korea on defence and luxury facilities; and what discussions they have had with the government of North Korea about their spending priorities and their requests for international aid.

Answered on

4 June 2015

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not made an independent assessment on the food security situation within the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). We remain concerned about the DPRK government’s continued prioritization of military spending over spending to feed its people. The UK does not have a bilateral aid programme in the DPRK nor have we held recent discussions with the DPRK government regarding spending priorities or requests for international aid.