Dilemma for North Korea food aid

The United Nations warns that a quarter of the population in North Korea could be at risk of starvation Tuesday because the public distribution system will run out of food in May, NPR reported.

Since the 1990s, the South Korean government released the estimation of food shortages based on simulation tests in February, and it said that North Korea would need an extra 1.29 million tons of food this year, the Korea Herald reported.

The World Food Program asked the international community for 434,000 tons of food assistance to support children and pregnant women in North Korea, the Korea Herald reported.

U.S. officials are considering whether to resume food aid, but it is politically sensitive because of North Korea's attacks on a South Korean island late last year, NPR reported.

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