North Korea's Bitter Choice: Famine Or Foreign Aid

The immediate diplomatic crisis triggered by the defection of Hwang Jang Yop, 74, secretary of the North Korean Workers' Party, is over. Pressured by China and driven by its desperate need for food aid, Pyongyang abruptly lifted its bizarre vigil outside the South Korean Embassy compound in Beijing and decided on Feb. 17 to let Hwang go.

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