» 02/24/2009, 00.00
Pyongyang ready to launch “satellite”
The communist government claims it is “rocket for spatial communications”. Analysts do not exclude the possibility it is a missile capable of carrying a nuclear war head. The South Korean foreign minister in Beijing to discuss the North’s nuclear ambitions. Pyongyang has increased its military spending, but the population continues to starve.
Korean Church: 200,000 tonnes of food to prevent starvation in the North
The Division of Aid for North Korea, an organisation of the bishops that manages Church aid for the North Koreans, has launched a fundraising drive in order to buy food aid, fundamental in order to guarantee the survival of the North Korean population. Famine could kill 900,000 people.
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North Korea: Floods claim 54,700 victims and leave 2.5 million homeless
A humanitarian aid NGO said this was the worst disaster ever to hit the country. The harvest is at stake in a country already hard pressed to feed its people.
06/04/2009 KOREA – UN
UN, no agreement on sanctions against Pyongyang over missile launch
Washington, Seoul and Tokyo demand a “strong response”. Beijing and Moscow are more cautious and speak of “proportional” measures. The failed launch of the North Korean missile constitutes a violation of UN resolutions. South Korea underlines that Pyongyang is aiming for space while the population languishes in famine. Obama asks for a program “against the proliferation of nuclear weapons”.
Seoul to allow aid to the North
The South Korean government ends total embargo imposed on NGO operating in North Korea. The Eugene Bell Foundation, which has a close working relationship with Caritas Korea, will be the first to ship aid. The decision to lift the ban follows more reports about the North Korean population’s dire situation.
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