The World Food Program (WFP) says it is decreasing its number of international monitoring staff and closing down field offices in North Korea after failing to receive food aid from the U.S.
According to the Voice of America Tuesday, the U.N. food agency must scale back its humanitarian food assistance program in the North after several months of funding shortfalls. The agency is currently operating a mere 15 percent of its planned operations.
The WFP has received contributions of 22-point-seven million U.S. dollars, or about four-and-a-half percent of the 500 million dollar budget, for its planned emergency operations.
The report said the U.S. government has suspended its provision of aid to the North through the WFP since last September due to differences with Pyongyang as to how many Korean-speaking WFP officials will be allowed to participate in the monitoring of food distribution efforts.
The U.S. has also suspended food assistance provisions to the North through nongovernmental organizations since the end of January.