South Koreans say distrust North, but back food aid

Published on 12 October 2011

North Korea's pleas for help amid worsening food shortages have largely fallen on deaf ears in South Korea where many say Pyongyang cannot be believed, but calls are growing to relax an outright ban on giving its reclusive rival food aid. (..) "In the past, DPRK's chronic cereal deficit was alleviated to a certain extent by considerable amounts of bilateral food aid -- but this stopped around 2008/2009," said Marcus Prior of the U.N. World Food Programme, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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