Tuesday, April 23, 2013

North Korea must give up its nukes if it wants food aid

Koreans and nearby Mongolians share an ancient ethnic and lingual heritage, and now it appears North Korea is hoping those ties will help them borrow a bit of needed butter and sugar. The ambassador from Pyongyang to Ulan Bator officially has claimed that a severe food shortage may be in the offing, and his country is seeking relief. North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-un has been threatening nuclear war, raising tensions, using scant fuel resources to drive his mobile rocket launchers around in anticipation of another test; last week Kim Jong-un shut a joint North-South industrial park at Kaesong that earns hard currency. But when it comes to actually feeding people at a time of expected shortfall in the corn crop, Kim is apparently hoping that Mongolians will take pity. The international community, including China has stopped food aids to North Korea. North Korea should learn that as long as they do not give up its nuclear program, there would be no foreign aid.

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