North Korea And The United Nations

1536 Words May 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
North Korea has become “increasingly reliant on international aid from NGOs, South Korea and the UN to feed its people” (Poverty & Famine, 2012). After the famine began, the South elected a liberal president who was “keen to build peace with the ‘sister country’” (Poverty & Famine, 2012). This actually helped to rebuild and bond the two countries’ trust. Since then, however, things have changed. After George W. Bush changed policies along with South Korea’s new and more conservative president from 2008 to 2013, relations have been more tense with the North and they slowly stopped receiving aid from the U.S. In 2013, when a new president was elected, South Korea donated $12 million in food supplies and fertilizer to NK as part of the President’s plan to foster a “new era” in inter-Korean relations (Manyin & Nitikin, 2014, p. 4). Supporting the United Nations’ efforts in finding donors who will fund the World Food Program towards North Korea is in their best interest. However, because of lack of funds, they’ve had to slow down aid: “Its program for the country has only received about $5.7 million in aid this year, mostly from Switzerland, Australia, Canada, and private donors” (Cheng, 2014), and also noted by Thomson Reuters Foundation (2015), “funding for UN agencies in North Korea dropped to less than $50 million in 2014, down from $300 million in 2004.”
Providing food to North Korea poses a number of dilemmas, such as the fact that Pyongyang has resisted reforms that would…
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