In the News – N. Korea, U.S. to meet in Beijing next week for food aid
WASHINGTON, March 2 (Yonhap) — Diplomats from North Korea and the United States plan to meet in Beijing next week to discuss “technical” issues to implement Washington’s promise to provide 240,000 tons of “nutritional assistance,” the U.S. announced Friday.
Robert King, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights, will meet a North Korean counterpart on Wednesday, according to State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland.
“The idea is to finalize all of the technical arrangements so that the nutritional assistance can begin to move,” Nuland said. “My understanding is we’re down to issues like what port, when, who manages it, how do we count, how do we monitor.”
She did not reveal the name of King’s counterpart. A diplomatic source here said the North is expected to send Ri Gun, director general for North American affairs at North Korea’s foreign ministry.
Earlier this week, Washington and Pyongyang announced that they reached a nuclear and food aid deal, under which the communist nation will freeze its uranium enrichment facility in Yongbyon under the monitoring of international inspectors and put a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests as long as dialogue with the U.S. is under way.
The U.S. agreed to ship 240,000 tons of food, excluding rice and grain, to the North over a year.
The last handouts ended abruptly in 2009 when North Korea expelled U.S. food monitors.
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