U.S. considers resuming food aid to North Korea

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The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 1, 2011; 1:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is considering resumption of food aid to North Korea amid fears people there could starve after a harsh winter.

Special envoy Stephen Bosworth told the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Tuesday that the U.S. is assessing the need for assistance after the reclusive Asian nation requested it.

Top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, Kurt Campbell, told lawmakers that no decision has yet been made.

Bosworth said the U.S. would ensure there was effective monitoring so any aid reached civilians who most needed it.

Campbell said North Korea had historically shown it was willing to allow "enormous suffering" among its people.

He said: "The choice here is whether these people are allowed to starve. It's a humanitarian issue not a political one."

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