May 25, 1997 in Nation/World

N. Korea Demands More Donated Aid

Compiled From Wire Services

An offer by South Korea’s Red Cross to send 40,000 tons of food to starving North Koreans hit a snag Saturday when the communist country suddenly demanded 100,000 tons, a South Korean spokesman said.

Red Cross negotiators from the two countries were also split after two days of talks on how to deliver the aid, as well as how to label it. But they agreed to have dinner Saturday night and meet again today.

The United Nations estimates that 4.7 million North Koreans - a fifth of the population - are in danger of starvation this summer without massive food aid.

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