US Mulls Resumption of North Korea Food Aid

The U.S. is willing to resume its food aid delivery to North Korea if the Asian country asks for it, Agence France-Presse reports. North Korea started refusing international humanitarian assistance, including U.S. food aid, in 2009 without offering any reasons.

“There are profound needs for the North Korean population, and to the extent that North Korea wants to accept aid from the international community, including the United States, we will be willing to consider that,” U.S. Department of State spokesman Philip Crowley said during a daily press briefing. He added that the U.S. intends to make sure that future food aid to North Korea will benefit people most in need and would not be diverted to other parties, including the military.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.