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N. Korea scours world seeking food aid, approaches U.S.: report+
Kyoto via Breitbart ^ | Feb 10, 2011 | N/A

Posted on 02/09/2011 10:43:51 PM PST by Jet Jaguar

North Korea is going around the world seeking food aid, including from the United States, but apparently without much result, a Seoul daily reported Thursday, citing multiple sources. "Since the end of last year, North Korea has been asking the U.S., international organizations and almost every country it has diplomatic ties with, including nations in Europe and Southeast Asia, to assist it with food," an unidentified source told the JoongAng Daily.

A South Korean government source backed that up, telling the daily, "North Korea is asking the United States and European Union countries for free food aid while asking developing countries in regions like Southeast Asia for food that it promises to pay back later."

The requests started in the second half of last year, but have become frantic over the last two months, the source said, adding that as far as he knew, no country has responded to the request.

Citing a Washington source, the JoongAngIlbo said North Korea officially requested U.S. food aid on Jan. 14 in New York when Han Sang Ryol, its deputy ambassador to the United Nations, met with Robert King, the U.S. envoy on North Korea's human rights situation, who is currently visiting Seoul.

It said there is speculation that King's six-day visit to Seoul, which ends Friday, is related to that food request.

In an interview Wednesday with Yonhap News Agency in Seoul, King was quoted as saying that while no decision has been made on resuming food aid to North Korea, U.S. policy "is that when we provide assistance, humanitarian assistance, it is based on need and no political consideration should be involved."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: nkorea

1 posted on 02/09/2011 10:43:54 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: TigerLikesRooster; SevenofNine; AmericanInTokyo; rdl6989

Ping


2 posted on 02/09/2011 10:44:59 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

Their military and the elits aren’t eating well either I hear....Kimbo’s afraid the people will riot...and there’s some news saying the people are determining o’Kimbo isn’t the greatest leader after all...they will not see starvation again as they did in the nineties...but it’s already begun.

Question is ...will he fire a Nuke again to make his point...feed his people or he’ll take out another countries people?


3 posted on 02/09/2011 10:50:07 PM PST by caww
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To: Jet Jaguar

Every dollar given them in food aid is a dollar of their own money they can spend making mischief in the world.


4 posted on 02/09/2011 10:50:12 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

N.Korea ‘Importing Animal Feed for Human Consumption’

North Korea is reportedly importing animal feed grain from China to distribute on the market for human consumption as the regime struggles with food shortages.

According to Radio Free Asia, Pyongyang gave the animal feed to its military as well as to merchants, bringing down the surging cost of rice.

A source in North Korea said the feed is commonly darker in color than normal rice and is often mixed with chaff and stones.

The U.S.-based broadcaster said lower prices caused by several natural disasters in China last year allowed the North to import a vast quantity of low-quality animal feed for its people to consume, stirring mixed responses from North Koreans.

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2011/02/10/2011021000980.html


5 posted on 02/09/2011 10:55:33 PM PST by caww
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To: Jet Jaguar

My heart breaks for the North Korean people but if the world isn’t firm with North Korea’a tyrant rulers things will never get better.


6 posted on 02/09/2011 10:56:01 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Jet Jaguar

But they have free medical care, an Internet Kill Switch, ownership of the means of production by the workers, and everything!


7 posted on 02/09/2011 10:56:21 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
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To: Jet Jaguar


N. Korea scours world seeking food aid, approaches U.S.: report+

No different than the Soviet Union.
Learning how to parasitize the USA and other enlightened republics/democracies.

We should just be dropping parachute skids of food, M-16s, ammo along
with simple instructions to “kill the bastards that are starving you” at
about midnight.

It would all be over by noon. They’d kill most of the SOBs party/NK Army SOBs
by then.

OK, it’s probaby a fantasy...but it’s a beautiful revenge fantasy.
Of course, the Marxist in The Oval Office will never try such a thing.
He would not to offend his buddies in North Korea.


8 posted on 02/09/2011 10:59:02 PM PST by VOA (`)
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To: Jet Jaguar

This is a bit like a rough chick threatening to bite your nose off, then turning on the charm and asking you to take her out to dinner.

Interesting that China isn’t feeding them. Oh, that’s right, 90% of China is undernourished too. Maybe Zimbabwe, Burma, Venezuela or Cuba can help out.


9 posted on 02/09/2011 11:00:20 PM PST by lurk
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To: Jet Jaguar

Send ‘em Food Stamps.


10 posted on 02/09/2011 11:04:34 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

America is BROKE.


11 posted on 02/09/2011 11:06:00 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: Jet Jaguar
People in socialist utopia's always end up hungry.

Why is that?

12 posted on 02/09/2011 11:11:55 PM PST by blam
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To: Jet Jaguar

Reunify peacefully with the south and never worry about food again. What’s so freaking hard about that? It is ridiculous that these two are still divided AND OVER WHAT? the will of one man? We need to seriously step up the propaganda effort against the North. The North Korean people need to know that we don’t want to kill them, we want to peacefully reunite them with their families in the south and lead them into a new age of prosperity. We need to be disseminating AM/FM radios into North Korea by the millions.


13 posted on 02/09/2011 11:15:32 PM PST by RC one
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To: SWAMPSNIPER; All

I agree, but it is heartwretching knowing they are starving once again....here’s another report. Perhaps the people will find courage and finally revolt. You notice that even this feed is going to Kim’s army first and foremost.

“North Korea is disguising Chinese livestock feed into normal grain since late January, supplying them firstly to soldiers according to a source in Yanggang Province.

As the Chinese livestock feed, mixed of unripe rice and sand, is on the market in bulk at lower prices, the exchange rate of the North Korean currency and grain prices have dropped.

North Korean trade officials have been trying to exchange medicinal herb, scrap iron and ore for food, but Chinese merchants have rejected the nonpaying offer.

However, sweeping natural disasters increased bad crops not fit for sale, influencing China to sell the unripe rice to North Korea at a cheap price.
“The North also requested that the animal picture, which shows that animal feed is contained, is removed from the sack,” said another source from the province. “You can’t tell whether it’s for human or animals by looking at the cover.”

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/02/113_81083.html


14 posted on 02/09/2011 11:15:57 PM PST by caww
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To: EverybodyEverywhere

Get you hand out of my pocket. Do you understand?

15 posted on 02/09/2011 11:18:15 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: caww

Lets take it further. Put signs up on the DMZ offering free food for life for any NK soldiers who shoot their commanding officers and abandon their posts.

Drop a million hamburgers over their cities with leaflets offering more food for proof of killing of local communist leaders.

Offer to feed the whole country for a year WHEN THEY KILL KIM JUNG IL and his entire family and hand over their nukes.


16 posted on 02/09/2011 11:25:04 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: RC one

Make the radios the hand crank ones...N. Korea has spotty electricity, and use the existing VOA budget. We are broke to the tune of $1.31 trillion per year.


17 posted on 02/09/2011 11:28:34 PM PST by Drago
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To: Jet Jaguar

Tell you whut.

Let us blow up a couple of things first and we’d be happy to feed you.


18 posted on 02/09/2011 11:38:48 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously..... You won't live through it anyway.)
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To: Yehuda

From amnesty international, and other Help agencies reports.

*widespread illness as thousands are forced to survive on so-called “wild foods” such as grass and tree bark, according to testimonies obtained by Amnesty International in a new report.

*as food shortages have intensified, the population has come to rely more on wild foods that have no nutritional value, simply to fend off hunger.....traditional wild foods can be poisonous and cause severe digestive problems. The UN has found that diarrhoea caused by wild foods is among the leading causes of malnutrition among children under 5.

* North Korean government actively encouraged the population to forage for alternative or wild foods instead, such as roots, grasses and stalks, promoting them as healthy and safe sources of nutrients. Since then, food rations have either been suspended.

*Another leading South Korean daily, Dong-A Ilbo, reported ethnic Koreans on the Chinese side of the border as saying there have been reports of starvation in Sinuiju, a North Korean border city that has typically fared well because of trade with China.

*There has also been rare CIVIL UNREST in the authoritarian state with North Koreans fighting security agents trying to stop people from smuggling or trading food, Daily NK, an online site run by activists, reported sources in North Korea as saying.

*Women under the age of 49 are not permitted to trade in North Korea, nor are any women allowed to ride bicycles, the means by which they might travel to a place of work, or wear trousers.

*Criticizing what he calls the “exploitation of the ordinary people” by a “ruling elite” which considers that exploitation to be its prerogative, a “pernicious prerogative” is how it is described, Mr Muntarbhorn said:

The human rights situation in the country remains abysmal owing to the repressive nature of the power base: at once cloistered, controlled and callous. While many members of the population are in abject poverty and suffer the prolonged deprivations linked with shortage of food and other necessities,...... the country itself is endowed with vast mineral resources controlled by the authorities


19 posted on 02/09/2011 11:44:43 PM PST by caww
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To: RC one

The problem with reunification is many S. Koreans don’t want it. They’ve become accustomed to their lifestyle and know well to unify means less for them. Additionally the people of N.Korea have been brutiliszed and undernourished for so long it has affected mentally and physically...let alone living under Kim’s personality cult.

The refugies have very difficult time adjusting to modern times and the abundunce in the south. Additionaly the people have little education.....many of the woman who escape end up as prostitutes or in the human trafficking
web.

It would take a International effort of great perportion to even get their country on a level keel to sustain itself. And countries currently have great problems already. It’s just a very sad and difficult situation all around.


20 posted on 02/09/2011 11:54:57 PM PST by caww
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To: Yehuda
Sounds like a plan to me....

Up until recently I don’’t think the people would cooperate for the depths of their brainwashing...however hunger and death can shake hard and strong enough that this time I think the people will revolt...and what I think the world is waiting for them to do.

With the military and the elites now having to ration food...they may be forced to take out Kim themselves.

21 posted on 02/10/2011 12:02:20 AM PST by caww
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To: VOA

We should just be dropping parachute skids of food, M-16s, ammo along
with simple instructions to “kill the bastards that are starving you” at
about midnight.

It would all be over by noon. They’d kill most of the SOBs party/NK Army SOBs
by then.

OK, it’s probaby a fantasy...but it’s a beautiful revenge fantasy.
Of course, the Marxist in The Oval Office will never try such a thing.
He would not to offend his buddies in North Korea.


Good plan !!!


22 posted on 02/10/2011 12:09:44 AM PST by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: caww

23 posted on 02/10/2011 1:06:26 AM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: caww

I’m sure you are correct on all counts, but in my mind, they don’t have to reunify with South Korea; they only have to kick the current regime to the curb.

I understand that is much easier said than done, but the North Koreans are running out of options.

They’re starving, they are repressed to the point of death, and China isn’t in a position to cushion the regime’s bad/dangerous decisions indefinitely.

I don’t know how they’d manage to do it, but How can they continue down the same road they’ve been on?


24 posted on 02/10/2011 1:19:27 AM PST by mountainbunny
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To: caww

I think a reunified Korea would ultimately rival China as the dominant power in the region. It happened in Germany, it can happen in Korea. Germany is far better off now btw.


25 posted on 02/10/2011 1:49:12 AM PST by RC one
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To: Jet Jaguar

Let them eat yellow cake.


26 posted on 02/10/2011 2:25:25 AM PST by Blado (Pres. Stupey Dogg - A tight Wookie, a loose pair of shoes and a warm place to crap on the Tea Party)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Feed those who plot to kill you?


27 posted on 02/10/2011 3:48:35 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Jet Jaguar

Sure.
The Kims step down as Nork god-kings, the new government begins unification negotiations with the PRC or South Korea (their choice...) and the US takes control of all of North Korea’s nuclear sites and materials (until negotiations are concluded), and, when this is all accomplished, we start shipping food.
IN the mean time, starve and freeze in the dark.


28 posted on 02/10/2011 4:03:24 AM PST by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: RC one
This is my favorite example of the merits socialism vs. capitalism. (i.e night time satelitte photo)


29 posted on 02/10/2011 4:11:59 AM PST by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: RC one

I don’t see a comparison of the two peoples. IMO N.Korea’s people have had 50 yrs. of brutality and brainwashing. Their entire infastructure is gone as well. How do you catch a people up living in an era 50 yrs. ago? Not to mention rewire their thinking about the rest of the world?
A mindboggling task. But I am hopeful something can be done just the same. Horrible state of affairs there.


30 posted on 02/10/2011 4:39:54 AM PST by caww
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To: Little Ray

I’m sure that China would have a say in the situation....as well Japan and other surrounding nations.


31 posted on 02/10/2011 4:43:52 AM PST by caww
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To: Jet Jaguar
The requests started in the second half of last year, but have become frantic over the last two months, the source said, adding that as far as he knew, no country has responded to the request.

That part surprises me a little. I would think there would be a number of countries willing to help N.K., if for no other reason than to encourage N.K. to keep punching S.K. (and the U.S.) in the eye.

32 posted on 02/10/2011 5:01:52 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: RC one
Reunify peacefully with the south and never worry about food again

While that might mean that the N.K. people could eat again, it would also mean the S.K. people would be on the hook for feeding them. Does S.K. really want that?

Plus the leader in the north will never give up power peacefully, whether it's the current dictator or a future one.

33 posted on 02/10/2011 5:07:48 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: caww

China will have a say no matter what. But unless they’re ponying up the food, it shouldn’t be much of a say...


34 posted on 02/10/2011 6:10:50 AM PST by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Graybeard58

I don’t give a rat’s a** what south Korea wants frankly. I don’t want to get involved in another war for them. If they believe that the current situation is preferable to peaceful reunification, then it’s time for us to leave as far as I’m concerned. If they want blood and death, give it to them, but I see no reason for us to share in it.


35 posted on 02/10/2011 3:02:48 PM PST by RC one
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To: RC one

They are eating their children to survive the starvation RC. Something has to be done! Do you honesty believe those people can fight with the hunger they are enduring?

But then they do have nukes so we’d have to disarm them some way before even going in there.

It is such a mind boggling situation with no easy answers. But something does have to be done.


36 posted on 02/13/2011 1:25:52 AM PST by caww
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