Finally, A Way To Pyongyang's Heart?

The food crisis just might lead to formal peace talks

It's spring in North Korea, a time when bright green rice shoots hold the promise of food. But this isolated country of 23 million people is buckling under the strain of hunger as food stocks reach critically low levels long before the fall harvest. Although the country needs 1.2 million tons of food aid to get through a difficult summer, so far foreign donors have pledged just 9,300 tons of rice for May. That shortfall is bringing signs of another type of spring--a diplomatic one.

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