Date
25 September 2017
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits a farm in this undated file picture. Pyongyang says the country is in the grip of the worst drought in a century. Photo: Reuters/KCNA
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits a farm in this undated file picture. Pyongyang says the country is in the grip of the worst drought in a century. Photo: Reuters/KCNA

China offers help to drought-stricken North Korea

China is offering help to North Korea after its isolated neighbor said it’s having the worst drought in a century.

The foreign ministry in Beijing expressed sympathy and said it is ready to provide unspecified aid, according to Reuters.

Earlier, North Korea’s official news agency KCNA reported that the main rice farming regions of Hwanghae and Phyongan provinces are under a service dry spell for lack of rain. 

In the 1990s, North Korea suffered famine and has relied on international food aid but that has fallen sharply after curbs on humanitarian workers and food monitors.

And Pyongyang continues to be isolated from the West over its nuclear program which has also strained relations with China, it biggest benefactor.

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