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U.S. to grant $5 million for N. Korean medical aid

The United States is providing the United Nations Children's Fund with $5 million to provide medicines and other supplies to help needy people in North Korea.

State Department spokesman James P. Rubin said Tuesday the assistance will include measles immunizations and technical assistance to hospitals and clinics in 100 counties.The program will also provide supplementary food for therapeutic feeding in hospitals and micronutrients for nurseries, kindergartens and orphanages.

Rubin said the current harvest in North Korea may alleviate the famine conditions there, but only temporarily. He said the United States expects the U.N. World Food Program to issue a new appeal for food relief from donor countries in November.