“But assuming Pyongyang is more bark than bite, my concern is what the diplomatic crisis will mean for the already extremely limited humanitarian aid dribbling into North Korea, where hunger is both extreme and chronic.”
- Timothy Large, Thomson Reuters Editor
As North Korea gears up to celebrate the 101st anniversary of founding father Kim il-sung, don’t be surprised to see displays of martial might, more bellicose rhetoric and possibly another test-launch of a medium-range missile, reports Thomson Reuters Foundation Editor-in-Chief Tim Large. But even assuming Pyongyang is more bark than bite, the diplomatic crisis that has put the world on high alert threatens to hinder the already extremely limited amount of humanitarian aid dribbling into a country where hunger is both chronic and acute. For the few NGOs and U.N. agencies operating in North Korea, the next few days will be critical to see if they can continue their work, with possibly dire consequences for millions of people for whom every calorie counts.
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