Washington to ship fuel oil to NK this month

Ecerpt from the Korea Times
Jung Sung-ki

The U.S. government is preparing to ship a second batch of 54,000 tons of fuel to North Korea this month, a U.S.-funded radio station reported Tuesday.

Radio Free Asia (RFA) said the U.S. State Department was scheduled to report the shipment plan to Congress in the coming days.

Under a multinational nuclear deal reached in February last year, South Korea, the United States, China and Russia promised to provide 50,000 tons of oil in turn to the poverty-stricken North. Washington sent the first batch of 46,000 tons of fuel to the North last October, while other nations have fulfilled their pledges.

Japan, another participant at the six-party talks, refused to participate in the aid plan due to a dispute with the North over Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korean agents in the past.


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