29 May '11, 3am

EU officials to visit N. Korea on food aid

SEOUL: A group of European Union officials will visit North Korea next month to assess the food situation in the impoverished communist state after a similar trip by US officials, a report said Sunday. Officials from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) group will head to Pyongyang after the US team wraps up a probe into the North's food needs this week, Yonhap news agency said, citing a Seoul government source. "The international community for now is evaluating the North's food conditions and is not discussing in earnest resumption of food aid yet," Yonhap quoted the official as saying. The US delegation, led by Robert King, Washington's special envoy on the North's human rights, arrived in Pyongyang last Tuesday. King left the North on Saturday after securing a release of a Korean American detained there for months, but several officials w...

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