U.S., DPRK to meet over food aid

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Officials from the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) are scheduled to meet next week in Beijing to finalize details for proposed American food aid, the State Department said on Friday.

Officials from the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) are scheduled to meet next week in Beijing to finalize details for proposed American food aid, the State Department said on Friday.

"The idea is to finalize all of the technical arrangements so that the nutritional assistance can begin to move," department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said at a regular news briefing.

"My understanding is we're down to issues like what port, when, who manages it, how do we count, how do we monitor," she said.

The food aid is part of the agreement between the two nations unveiled on Wednesday, in which the DPRK agreed to suspend its nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and uranium enrichment activity at Nyongbyon, and allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment.

In return, Washington agreed to meet the DPRK to finalize the details to move forward with proposed 240,000 metric tons of American nutritional assistance.

Nuland said that Robert King, U.S. special envoy for DPRK human rights, will be in Beijing on Wednesday for talks with Pyongyang.

Xinhua

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