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U.S. Assistance to North Korea: Fact Sheet

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This report summarizes U.S. assistance to the Democratic Peoples Republic of North Korea DPRK, also known as North Korea. It will be updated periodically to track changes in U.S. provision of aid to North Korea. A more extended description and analysis of aid to North Korea, including assistance provided by other countries, is provided in CRS Report RL31785, Foreign Assistance to North Korea. Since 1995, the United States has provided North Korea with over 1.1 billion in assistance, about 60 of which has paid for food aid. About 40 was energy assistance channeled through the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization KEDO, the multilateral organization established in 1994 to provide energy aid in exchange for North Koreas pledge to halt its existing nuclear program. U.S. assistance to North Korea has fallen significantly over the past three years, and was zero in FY2006. The KEDO program was shut down in January 2006. Food aid has been scrutinized because the DPRK government restricts the ability of donor agencies to operate in the country. Compounding the problem is that South Korea and China, by far North Koreas two most important providers of food aid, have little to no monitoring systems in place. Since North Korea tested several missiles in July 2006, South Korea has suspended most official humanitarian assistance. In the summer of 2005, the North Korean government announced it would no longer need humanitarian assistance from the United Nations, including from the World Food Program WFP, the primary channel for U.S. food aid. Part of Pyongyangs motivation appears to have been a desire to negotiate a less intrusive monitoring presence. In response, the WFP negotiated a drastically scaled-down development assistance program with the North Korean government. Since then, the United States has not provided any food aid.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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