Wednesday, March 28, 2012

More Activity at N. Korea Launch Pad

Higher level of launch pad activity seen, as reported here.

In related news, The United States says it has suspended a food aid package to North Korea in response to Pyongyang's plans to carry out the missile launch next month.

Peter Lavoy, the U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and Pacific Security Affairs, told a Congressional hearing Washington is working with allies in the region to discourage the North from proceeding with the launch because it would violate Pyongyang's international commitments. He said the failure of North Korea to follow through on what it has promised raises concerns about the nutritional assistance the U.S. has offered as well.

"We have been forced to suspend our activities to provide nutritional assistance to North Korea largely because we have now no confidence that the monitoring mechanisms to ensure that the food assistance goes to the starving people and not the regime elite," Lavoy said.