North Korea has written a letter to the United Nations asking it to cut the number of international staff it has posted in the country by the end of the year, the Spokesman for UN Secretary General confirmed on Thursday.
“We have, indeed, received a letter from DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] authorities and we’re in dialogue with the North Korean Government on the issue of cutting international aid staff in DPRK,” continued Stephane Dujarric.
“I think it bears restating that the UN and international NGOs [non‑governmental organizations] reached over 2 million people with humanitarian aid in 2018, including food security, nutrition and health projects.”
“Current UN operations already have a light footprint on the ground, and continued capacity at current levels is vital for ensuring continued UN support for critical food security, water, nutrition programming, as well as mobilizing resources,” said Dujarric.
“U.N. supported programs failed to bring the results as desired due to the