29 Mar 2012

US shelves food aid to North Korea

6:58 am on 29 March 2012

The United States has suspended food aid to North Korea.

A Pentagon official says the North Korean government can't be trusted to deliver the aid to those who need it.

Under a deal reached in February, Pyongyang had agreed to a partial nuclear freeze and the suspension of missile tests in return for US food aid, the ABC reports.

But North Korea's insistence on going ahead with what it calls a satellite launch for scientific purposes in mid-April has scuppered the deal.

The US and other countries say the launch is highly provocative and is actually a long-range missile test of a type banned by the United Nations.