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    US suspends food aid to North Korea

    The US has suspended food aid to North Korea because Pyongyang has broken its promise to refrain from missile launches and cannot be trusted to deliver the aid to those who need it, a Pentagon official has said.
    A planned rocket launch next month by North Korea "reflects their lack of desire to follow through on their international commitments", Peter Lavoy, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific affairs, told US legislators, on Wednesday.

    "So we've been forced to suspend our activities to provide nutritional assistance to North Korea," he said before the House Armed Services Committee.
    In light of North Korea's actions, the US had "no confidence" that it was possible to "to ensure that the food assistance goes to the starving people and not the regime elite".
    Under a deal reached last month, North Korea had agreed to a partial nuclear freeze and a missile test moratorium in return for US food aid.

    The US had previously warned that any launch would jeopardise food assistance, but the official's comments at a congressional hearing marked a tougher stance and made clear plans to deliver aid had already been scrapped.

    Read more@: US suspends food aid to North Korea - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English
    Well DPRK is a pretty stupid state. DPRK wants to go to space, we say no. They say **** you. They continue, we pull aid... Stupid, stupid country ran by stupid stupid leaders.

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    When I read that JR had agreed to terms in order to get his people fed I was pleased. Now not so much. I think the US should continue efforts to get food to innocent starving people of that country. But no idea how to do it if the regime is only going to disperse it amongst their own ranks.

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    Sanctions do not hurt the protected class in a tyrannical dictatorship.Perhaps food is the one thing we shouldn't be sanctioning. It amounts to do what we say or we'll starve your poor.
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    Re: US suspends food aid to North Korea

    Quote Originally Posted by muciti View Post
    When I read that JR had agreed to terms in order to get his people fed I was pleased. Now not so much. I think the US should continue efforts to get food to innocent starving people of that country. But no idea how to do it if the regime is only going to disperse it amongst their own ranks.
    I don't agree. There are men, women and children starving all over the world. We cannot feed them all. American taxpayers should not be paying to aid the people of those countries who oppose our interests. Send it to the myriad other places in the world whose governments are either our friends or USA-neutral.

    If North Koreans get tired of starving...get tired of their government keeping food from their mouths...perhaps they will overthrow their own government.
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    in my opinion ,no people deserve dying of hunger ,and no politics should prevent anyone from helping them

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    Re: US suspends food aid to North Korea

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I don't agree. There are men, women and children starving all over the world. We cannot feed them all. American taxpayers should not be paying to aid the people of those countries who oppose our interests. Send it to the myriad other places in the world whose governments are either our friends or USA-neutral.

    If North Koreans get tired of starving...get tired of their government keeping food from their mouths...perhaps they will overthrow their own government.
    I agree that they should try to force change. But I don't agree that the US should ignore people starving. If we are capable of helping we should be willing to do so. The poorest countries of the world can use the aid. I dont agree with giving aid to countries we owe money to (china for one) without it affecting our money owed.

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    I say way to go. We've played this game with them over and over. Do I want innocents to starve, no. But evidently N. Korea leaders care more about missile launches than their people.

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    Well the agreement was fun while it lasted. But I do suspect that NK will stop the missile launch and the US will take back the suspension.

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    Re: US suspends food aid to North Korea

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy the Kid View Post
    I say way to go. We've played this game with them over and over. Do I want innocents to starve, no. But evidently N. Korea leaders care more about missile launches than their people.
    We're not done playing the game.

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    Re: US suspends food aid to North Korea

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    We're not done playing the game.
    Probably right.

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