Media Note
Washington, DC
August 18, 2011

In response to humanitarian needs arising from recent flooding in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.), the United States will provide emergency humanitarian assistance to D.P.R.K. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will contribute up to $900,000 in emergency relief supplies to North Korea's Kangwon and North and South Hwanghae provinces through U.S. NGOs. Following severe flooding in September 2010, USAID provided $600,000 in emergency relief supplies to the D.P.R.K.

This emergency relief demonstrates our continuing concern for the well-being of the North Korean people. The United States supports emergency humanitarian assistance to the people of North Korea in accordance with international standards for monitoring. It has been the United States’ longstanding position that the provision of humanitarian assistance is separate from political and security concerns.

PRN: 2011/1345