North Korea is (again) running out of food, but this time the U.S. is willing to help out.
Despite economic sanctions, the reclusive country appears to be looking for new donors. And while North Korea’s rhetoric is lately scaring the world, the United States is considering granting a request for food assistance from Pyongyang.
North Korea already appealed last week for food aid from Mongolia, but all eyes are now on the U.S. government, which is open to assisting the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on one condition: that American staff be allowed to monitor distribution of food inside the country.
“Our policy in providing humanitarian assistance is based on conditions of need,” ambassador Robert King, U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights, told reporters on Monday. “If there were a request for assistance it’s something I’m sure that we would look at.”
Washington has a history of suspending assistance to Pyongyang for political reasons.
In April 2012, the United States stopped sending some 240,000 metric tons of food aid after North Korea announced to launch a nuclear satellite launch. Four years ago, the U.S. also suspended its food aid program to North Korea following the latter’s decision to expel international aid groups from the country.
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