UK handed millions in foreign aid to brutal regimes last year – including £300k to North Korea

MILLIONS of pounds in foreign aid went to brutal regimes including North Korea last year, official figures show.

British taxpayers poured £304,000 into tubby despot Kim Jong-un’s repressive state.

Previous projects funded by overseas development cash have included teaching its citizens about human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Details were in documents published this week on the 2019 foreign aid budget.

The left-wing regime in Venezuela got £8million.

And £113million went to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, despite the military regime cracking down on minority Rohingya Muslims.

We also spent £67.8million in China, despite ministers promising to stop aid to the world’s second largest economy.

The foreign aid budget hit £15.2billion last year.

The UK legally has to spend 0.7 per cent of its GDP.

Tory MP David Morris said: “Sending money to North Korea really will make Brits sit up and think whether the money is being spent wisely.”

A government spokesman said: “The UK has provided aid to some of the most vulnerable through international charities.

“We do not give funds to the North Korean or Venezuelan governments.”

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