Sunday, August 06, 2006

Unlikely North Korean Damage Assessment

After North Korea called off two major inter-Korean events citing severe flood damage, a former official who led policy on North Korea urged the government to resume its humanitarian aid program to assist the communist country.

Jeong Se-hyun, head of the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, said it is unlikely the North will announce an accurate damage assessment because the damage will be too great to admit to its people. Because North Korea first walked away from inter-Korean Red Cross projects, the regime probably feels embarrassed to ask for help at this point, he said.

[Joong Ang Daily]

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