January 09, 2012 13:47
North Korea has reportedly asked the U.S. to expand the scale of potential food aid. Sources said Pyongyang late last month asked Washington to increase promised food aid from 24,000 tons to 30,000.
The reclusive state also asked for more than nutritional assistance, adding grain to the aid list, sources added. The U.S refuses to provide grain because it fears that would be diverted to the military.
During talks in New York before North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died, Pyongyang had tentatively agreed to take steps toward denuclearization in return for food aid.
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