Tuesday Jun 12, 201210:21 AM GMT
Iran to dispatch more humanitarian aid to N Korea: IRCS head
In this photo released by the World Food Program, North Korean children eat lunch at a government-run kindergarten at the Taedong county, July 18, 2005.
In this photo released by the World Food Program, North Korean children eat lunch at a government-run kindergarten at the Taedong county, July 18, 2005.
Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:20AM
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Iran plans to dispatch more consignments of humanitarian aid to Pyongyang as part of efforts to help the North Korean people struggling with hunger and malnutrition in the East Asian country.


During a meeting with visiting North Korean Red Cross official Paek Yong Ho in Tehran on Monday, head of Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Abolhassan Faqih announced that the Islamic Republic is going to send more humanitarian shipments to North Korea and also set up a camp there.

The North Korean Red Cross official, for his part, expressed gratitude for Iran's assistance to his country and noted that North Korea is facing some difficulties over the distribution of foodstuffs and medical supplies among impoverished people.

He also asked IRCS officials to provide Pyongyang with more blankets and tents as heavy rainstorms are expected to lash North Korea in July.

In April, Iran sent an 85-ton batch of humanitarian aid, comprising flour, powder milk and rice to North Korea. The convoy arrived in Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, and was delivered to North Korea's Red Cross officials.

North Korea was struck by a terrible famine in the 1990s that killed many people.

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