Vitit Muntarbhorn, the UN Special Envoy on Human Rights in North Korea, has said the repressive regime in North Korea is responsible for a severe hunger crisis that has affected more than one-third of the nation's population. Crises prompted by natural disasters have been exacerbated by sanctions applied to North Korea over its nuclear development program and illegal missile tests. The UN World Food Programme is only able to administer aid to 2 million of the nation's 9 million hungry as North Korea's nuclear tests have resulted in a shortfall of food aid to the nation.

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