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N Korea at crossroads

40% of North Koreans need humanitarian aid, UN says

Top emergency relief coordinator to tour country next week

Mark Lowcock, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The United Nations' top humanitarian affairs official will visit North Korea for four days starting next Monday to better understand the crisis and see current aid efforts firsthand, his office announced on Friday.

Mark Lowcock is expected to meet with government officials, humanitarian partners and aid recipients in the first visit by a U.N. emergency relief coordinator since 2011.

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