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North Korea asks UN to cuts staff levels inside country
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North Korea asks UN to cuts staff levels inside country

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United Nations, Sep 6 : The UN has confirmed that it has received a letter from the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea, requesting that it cut the number of its staff in the country, due to what DPRK has described as “the politicisation of UN assistance by hostile forces”.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at the regular daily briefing that the Organisation is “in dialogue with the country at this point”. Mr Dujarric pointed out that in 2018, the UN and international non-governmental organisations reached over two million people with humanitarian aid, “including food security, nutrition and health projects”.

“Current UN operations already have a light footprint on the ground”, he said, adding that maintaining capacity at current levels was “vital” for ensuring UN support for critical food security, water and nutrition programmes. (UNI)