UN ex­pert urges more aid af­ter ty­phoon

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A UN ex­pert is call­ing on the world com­mu­nity to do more to help North Korea cope with fall­out from deadly Ty­phoon Lion­rock and says of­fi­cials in the reclu­sive coun­try should al­low ac­cess to those in need. To­mas Ojea Quin­tana, the UN spe­cial rap­por­teur on hu­man rights in North Korea, pointed to UN es­ti­mates that more than 140,000 peo­ple re­quire as­sis­tance af­ter the ty­phoon that killed at least 138 peo­ple in the north­east­ern part of the coun­try. The UN hu­man rights of­fice said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that Ojea Quin­tana called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to “in­crease sup­port for on-go­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts on the ground,” cit­ing na­tional re­con­struc­tion ef­forts un­der­way. He noted that sanc­tions im­posed by the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ex­clude hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance, the state­ment said.

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