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20:00  07 may  2019
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North Korea forced to cut food rations to record low after 'worst harvest in a decade'

North Korea forced to cut food rations to record low after 'worst harvest in a decade' North Korea’s daily food rations have been cut to a record low this year after experiencing the worst harvest in a decade. The Hermit State has rations to 300 grams a day — or 11 ounces - with further cuts likely the United Nations said on Friday. According to US organisation The Nutrition Centre, a good mix of proteins, carbohydrates, fruit, vegetables and dairy products weighs 2 kilos per day per person. The UN conducted a food assessment between March 29 to April 12, at the request of North Korea. © Provided by Oath Inc.

For graphic on humanitarian aid to North Korea click While exemptions are allowed for humanitarian aid , officials say they have faced delays of more than a year for even U.S. President Donald Trump held an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in

North Korea said it would import 200,000 tonnes of food and produce about 400,000 tonnes of early crops, but that it would UN officials and aid groups in North Korea were consulting the government to "further understand the impact of the food security situation on the most vulnerable people in order

Trump supports plan for humanitarian food aid to North Korea: Yonhap© Reuters/JONATHAN ERNST U.S. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend "Be Best" anniversary event at the White House in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korea said that U.S. President Donald Trump supports the country's plan to provide humanitarian food aid to North Korea, Yonhap reported on Tuesday.

Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke for 35 minutes earlier on Tuesday, during a call in which the two leaders also discussed ways to continue dialogue with Pyonyang, the South Korean news agency reported.

Trump says confident N.Korea's Kim won't 'break promise'

Trump says confident N.Korea's Kim won't 'break promise' US President Donald Trump voiced confidence Saturday that North Korea's Kim Jong Un would not "break his promise," after South Korea said Pyongyang had launched several unidentified projectiles into the sea. "Anything in this very interesting world is possible, but I believe that Kim Jong Un fully realizes the great economic potential of North Korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it," Trump tweeted. "He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me.

On Thursday, South Korea announced plans to donate .5 million to help the World Food Program provide nutrition-rich supplies to North Korean hospitals and day care centers. “In principle, giving support for infants and small children and pregnant women should be handled separately from politics.”

Seoul suspended aid to North Korea , provided via UN agencies, after the regime “The government’s basic stance is that humanitarian assistance to those who are vulnerable in North Korea should be continued “Seoul plans to decide the details of the aid and its timing after taking into account the

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Asked by reporters in April whether he was prepared to ease some sanctions on North Korea, Trump said he and Moon were discussing "certain humanitarian things" and the possibility of South Korea helping North Korea with food.

Nearly half of North Koreans suffer from severe food insecurity and meager official rations are expected to be cut further after dry spells, heat waves and flooding have led to the worst harvest in a decade, the United Nations said on Friday.

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have met twice, but talks between the two leaders have stalled. On Saturday, North Korea fired projectiles off its coast, but Trump and his administration have played down the weapons tests.

(Reporting by Makini Brice; Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu)

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