Unbelievable!!!!! Hillary Clinton & the US State Department, via the UN, are issuing money & aid to North Korea.
Even as the United States tries to ratchet up sanctions against North Korea for its March 26 sinking of a South Korean warship, the United Nations is preparing to spend more than $170 million on new programs in the xenophobic communist state. More surprisingly, it is doing so with the knowledge and cooperation of the U.S. State Department.
The U.N. aid programs cover everything from health care, like anti-malaria campaigns and tuberculosis vaccinations, to agriculture projects, sanitation and water supply improvements, educational programs and and statistics-gathering to help in delivering “knowledge management products and information services.”
According to documents obtained by Fox News, the programs include English-language lessons for North Korean bureaucrats, in order to help increase foreign trade and investment that fell to anemic levels more than a decade ago, and millions more for “advocacy.” All are being planned in close cooperation with the North Korean dictatorship of Kim Jong-Il.
Many of the spending plans are well known to the Obama Administration, which recently featured a job search posting on a State Department website for one U.N. agency position, which would monitor some of the health-related program spending from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
After Fox News asked questions about the employment notice, it disappeared into an archive. State Department spokesmen did not reply to the questions before this article was published.
Among the programs either under way or in the advanced planning stages:
• An $11.5 million, two-year anti-malaria program to be carried out by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). Another U.N. agency, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has been hired to monitor the program. According to UNICEF spokesman Christopher de Bono, “pre-implementation work” — including procurement of supplies — started shortly after a funding agreement was signed in February. According to another source, about $7.9 million has already been disbursed for that effort.
• a two-year anti-TB program that could cost up to $22.6 million that also would be carried out by UNICEF and WHO. The agreement covering the program is still being negotiated. Most of the money involved would go to TB diagnosis and treatment, including drugs.
The two anti-disease programs have renewal options for three additional years that could bring the total spending on them to $88 million.
• A $13.9 million plan by UNICEF to improve water, sanitation and hygiene, especially in rural areas.
• A $12.2 million education program run by UNICEF that “aims to improve the quality of education nationally.” It will, among other things, help develop national standards for “child-friendly primary schools,” and “new approaches in teacher training and instructional methodologies.” The methods UNICEF is sponsoring “can be expanded to broader areas by the government and other partners.”
UNICEF also reports that a revision of North Korea’s primary school mathematics curriculum has already been carried out as a pilot project in 28 North Korean schools.
• A $13 million agriculture pilot project under the aegis of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to provide diverse food sources for North Korea’s government-run agriculture cooperatives, and another $4.6 million to bolster North Korea’s “food and agriculture information system,” in the interest of enhanced “food security,” starting next year.
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