March 10, 2000 |
Over the last few years, the common assumption among U.S. defense officials was that North Korea's million-strong army was deteriorating, a victim of the country's dire economic plight. Not so, it turns out. To the surprise of U.S. officials, North Korea has in recent months carried out extensive military exercises--raising politically charged questions about how international food aid to the Communist regime in Pyongyang is being used. Adm. Dennis Cutler Blair, the commander in chief of U.S.
June 13, 1996 |
Brushing aside criticism by presumptive Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole, the Clinton administration announced Wednesday that it will provide North Korea with $6.2 million in emergency food aid to help the Communist regime avert a famine. The administration's action marks the second time this year that it has given food aid to North Korea. U.S. officials said they are studying the possibility of also easing economic sanctions. "We're convinced that the food situation [in North Korea] .
April 16, 1997 |
Responding to an emergency U.N. appeal, the United States will provide North Korea with an additional $15 million in food aid targeted at children under 6 years old. The aid, announced Tuesday, increases Washington's relief effort to about $33 million since 1995. State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said the decision was not linked to a North Korean announcement, expected today, on whether to accept a U.S.-South Korean proposal to begin peace talks.
August 15, 1997 |
State Department spokesman James P. Rubin took issue with a congressional team's contention that U.S. food assistance was going to North Korean soldiers. "As far as we are able to judge, nearly all our assistance thus far has been directed at helping young children," he said. Rubin was responding to an accusation leveled by seven members of Congress who visited North Korea over the weekend. Rep.
December 2, 1994 |
The Clinton Administration revealed Thursday that, under the agreement it recently signed with North Korea, the Pyongyang regime will get nearly $2 billion in benefits before it has to submit to special international inspections of its nuclear program. South Korea will contribute most of the money by supplying the equipment for new nuclear reactors that will make it much harder for North Korea to make weapons-grade fuel. However, Special Ambassador Robert L.
January 27, 1996 |
As the South Korean Red Cross on Friday shipped blankets and noodles to famine-stricken North Korea, efforts to mount an international relief effort were stymied as negotiations in Honolulu ended without agreement. A Red Cross spokesman said the aid shipment included 100,000 packs of instant noodles, 20,000 pairs of socks and 2,000 blankets.