EU: No plans to cut humanitarian aid to N. Korea

October 9, 2006 11:52


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The European Union has no plans to further reduce humanitarian aid to North Korea in response to the communist regime's claim to have tested a nuclear weapon, a top official said Monday. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU's external relations commissioner, stressed that the test was "unacceptable," but said there were no plans to cut humanitarian aid to Pyongyang, which has already been reduced to 10 million Euros (US $12.6 million) this year from 21 million Euros in 2005. "For the time being, we are not considering (a further reduction in humanitarian aid), but we have to see the evolution of the situation. We are watching very closely," Ferrero-Waldner told reporters during a visit to Malaysia.

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