Australia stops humanitarian aid to N. Korea

The Australian government has cut off its humanitarian aid to North Korea, citing monitoring problems, a U.S. broadcaster reported Tuesday.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (R) and Defense Minister Marise Payne answer reporters' questions during a visit to the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom on Oct. 12, 2017. (Yonhap)

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (R) and Defense Minister Marise Payne answer reporters' questions during a visit to the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom on Oct. 12, 2017. (Yonhap)

In an e-mail on Sunday, the office of the Australian Foreign Ministry's spokespersons said its government took the step after it provided funding for the 2016 nutrition project run by the World Food Programme (WFP) for North Korea for the last time, Voice of America said.

The suspension is attributable to an inability to monitor the distribution of the humanitarian aid in the reclusive country, the office said.

Australia has extended aid to the economically devastated nation via U.N. agencies since 2002.

It financed US$2.3 million to a WFP project to ease malnutrition in North Korean children every year between 2014-2016, the broadcaster said.

The number of countries that have so far contributed to this year's WFP project for the North remains at four, compared with seven a year ago, VOA added. They are Switzerland, Canada, France and Russia. By the Yonhap.

Other news

Most view

Terra Cotta Studio in Quảng Nam Province won gold in sustainability. — VNS Photo Công Thành

Vietnamese designs win Asian architecture prize

Two designs by the HCM City–based company Tropical Space won awards at the Architects Regional Council Asia (Arcasia) Awards for Architecture 2018 in Tokyo last week.