07 Jun '11, 1pm

“@FREE_NKOREA: EU team in North Korea to assess food shortages - Channel News Asia /@FLASH_NEWS #NKorea”

SEOUL: A group of European Union officials has arrived in North Korea for a two-week visit to assess the impoverished country's food situation amid fears of imminent shortages, officials said on Tuesday. The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) group arrived in Pyongyang on Monday, a Seoul foreign ministry official told AFP on condition of anonymity. EU officials will travel across North Korea until June 17 to review its food conditions, she said, adding they would launch a technical probe "upon a plea for aid". The EU delegation office in Seoul said it was aware of the trip but declined to comment. Seoul's Dong-A Ilbo newspaper said the five-member group would visit hospitals and childcare centres while interviewing ordinary people, government officials and foreign aid workers. Some of the delegates will travel outside the showpiece city of Pyo...

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