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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 29, 2003
Question Taken at Daily Briefing of Dec. 29, 2003

Food Assistance for North Korea (Taken Question)

Question:   What is the status of the food aid shipment for North Korea?

Answer:   Planning efforts to determine types and quantities of additional assistance as well as procurement and delivery process will be finalized by U.S. government agencies over the next few weeks.

Decisions on food aid contributions are based on three criteria:

  • demonstrated need,
  • competing needs elsewhere, and
  • donorís ability to access all vulnerable groups and monitor distribution.
Details on delivery will be disclosed when available. 
This shipment of 60,000 metric tons will fulfill the promised 100,000 metric tons of assistance promised by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell earlier this year and responds to a request from the World Food Program for additional aid to North Korea.   


Released on December 29, 2003

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