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Section: General News - The United States said Monday it does not have immediate plans for food aid to North Korea despite reports of the impoverished communist state suffering from severe food shortages due to poor harvests and management failure.
U.S. food aid to the North was suspended in early 2009 amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests and controversy over the transparency of food distribution.
"We have no plans for a contribution at this time," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said.
Crowley was responding to the report that North Korea recently asked for food aid through the North Korean mission in the United Nations in …