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U.S. suspends food aid to Pyongyang
Xinhua – 28/03/2012
The United States has suspended its planned nutritional food aid to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the latter’s insistence on satellite launch, a Pentagon official said on Wednesday.
“We have been forced to suspend our activities to provide nutritional assistance to North Korea,” said Peter Lavoy, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs.
The United States believes that the DPRK’s announcement of a satellite launch “reflects their lack of desire to follow through on their international commitments,” Lavoy told a House Committee on Armed Services hearing on Korean Peninsula security.
“Our suspicions about North Korea using its celebrations this year to enhance its missile program were confirmed when North Korea announced on March 16 that it plans to conduct a missile launch between April 12 and 16,” he claimed, calling the planned launch “highly provocative” as it “manifests North Korea’s desire to test and expand its long-range missile capability.”
“In addition, the launch, if it occurs, would be in direct violation of Pyongyang’s international obligations, including UN Security Council resolutions 1718 and 1874, which prohibit North Korea from conducting any launches that use ballistic missile technology,” he said. (mais…)