Entries in Food Aid (2)


US Won't Provide Food to North Korea Due to Rocket Launch Plans

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The millions suffering in North Korea from not having enough to eat can blame their government for continuing to starve them, according to the Obama administration.

Incensed by Pyongyang's plan to launch a rocket in mid April, the U.S. has reneged on its offer to provide food assistance to North Korea, which has endured devastating shortages over the past two decades.

Pyongyang maintains that it's only sending up a satellite but the West believes the launch will involve a long-range missile -- a clear violation of a missile test moratorium pact.

Pentagon official Peter Lavoy said Wednesday that in exchange for food aid, North Korea had signed onto a partial freeze of its missile activities.

The U.S. also doesn't think North Korea can be trusted to properly deliver assistance to its own people.

Had the deal gone through, 240,000 tons of food would have been provided mostly to children and pregnant women.

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US: Condolences for Kim Jong Il Not 'Appropriate'; Food Aid Deal Delayed

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she hopes the new North Korean leadership will move the country on a path to peace, but she offered no condolences on the death of longtime dictator Kim Jong Il.

“We didn’t consider it appropriate in this case,” Clinton’s spokeswoman Victoria Nuland explained Tuesday.

Kim’s death came as the United States was preparing to resume food aid to North Korea. Though officials insist the issues are separate, they say they hope the aid will eventually lead to a resumption of negotiations regarding North Korea’s nuclear weapons.

Nuland said Tuesday that it is unlikely the United States would resume food aid to North Korea before next year. The State Department says it still has concerns about monitoring the distribution of the aid and, given the weeks-long mourning period in North Korea following Kim’s death, they believe it’s unlikely those issues will be resolved before the end of the year.

U.S. officials were in touch with North Korean officials Monday at the United Nations, through what’s called the New York channel, to inform them that there is no deal yet on food aid, Nuland said, but she did not know whether there was any mention of Kim’s death during that communication.

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