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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tours a factory in Sinuiju, North Korea.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tours a factory in Sinuiju, North Korea. | Photo: Reuters

Published 6 July 2018

The visit will assess the needs of any vulnerable populations in rural areas of the small, sanctions-hit East Asian nation.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock is due to meet North Korean officials and visit UN projects across the country on July 9, with pit stops in Pyongyang and South Hwanghae province.

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The visit will seek to assess the progress of UN projects, and assess the needs of any vulnerable populations in rural areas of the sanctions-hit country.

With sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council, relations between North Korea and the UN have been strained. In December, however, then General Secretary of Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman was the first high-ranking UN official to travel to North Korea in six years.

Despite North Korea's successful dialogues with South Korea and the United States, sanctions have been maintained on the small East Asian nation.

North Korea's largest trading partner is still China, where Korean leader Kim Jong Un has traveled several times in recent months to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also visited Pyongyang this week, where he met with a number of top officials from the Workers' Party of Korea, following up on the summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.


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