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US says it recently paid cash-strapped UN $180 million

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Posted at 4:37 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 17:37:18-04

UNITED NATIONS (AP)  — The United States says it recently paid the United Nations $180 million toward its annual dues, which should help ease the U.N.'s worst cash crisis in nearly a decade.

U.S. deputy ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet said the United States expects to make another payment of $96 million within the next few weeks.

She told the General Assembly's budget committee Friday that the U.S. anticipates making "further contributions in November as well."

Last week, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the U.N. was facing a major cash crisis because 64 of its 193 member nations hadn't paid their annual dues — Including the United States, its largest contributor.

According to the U.N., the U.S. owes $674 million for the 2019 regular budget and $381 million for previous regular budgets.