UNICEF urges more aid for N. Korea in consultations with S. Korea

SEOUL, July 23 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. children's agency on Monday stressed the need to expand humanitarian assistance for North Korea during an annual policy consultation meeting with South Korea.

Shahida Azfar, deputy director of UNICEF, pointed out her organization is involved in various projects for infants, children and women in the communist nation, such as health care, nutrition, hygiene and drinking water, as she met with Oh Hyun-joo, director general of the foreign ministry's development cooperation bureau in Seoul, according to the ministry.

It was the 14th policy coordination session between the two sides.

Azfar was quoted as emphasizing that there's a need to increase the scope of aid for the North in order to improve its humanitarian conditions, which remain vulnerable.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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