08 Mar '11, 6am

North Korea is asking for food aid not just from the US and Europe, but also poor African nations, a report said

North Korea is asking for food aid not just from the US and Europe, but also poor African nations, a report said

A Somali woman works outside her tent in Medina Xoosh district in Mogadishu. North Korea is pleading for food aid from some of the world's poorest nations, including Africa, a report said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SEOUL - NORTH KOREA is pleading for food aid even from some of the world's poorest nations such as Zimbabwe, a report said on Tuesday, amid suspicion the aid may be used to boost the regime's political standing. JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, citing a Seoul diplomatic source, said the communist North sought food not only from the United States and Europe but also from poor African countries. 'Now they are begging for food even from the world's poorest countries in Africa such as Zimbabwe where annual per-capita income is only around US$200 (S$253),' said the source quoted by JoongAng. Pyongyang officials stressed to visiting officials a 'dire' and 'urgent' need for aid, but d...

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