U.S. Prevents American Aid Workers From Visiting N. Korea As Groups Report Country’s Child Malnutrition Worsened In 2017

UPI: North Korea malnutrition worsened in 2017, humanitarian agencies say
“More North Korean children were hungry in 2017 than there were a year ago, according to international humanitarian organizations. In its annual 2018 Global Hunger Index, Concern Worldwide, German World Hunger Aid, and the U.S.-based International Food Policy Research Institute, ranked North Korea as a country at serious risk, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Thursday…” (Shim, 10/11).

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Blocks Aid Workers From North Korea
“U.S. officials are preventing American aid workers from making humanitarian trips to North Korea, according to people familiar with the matter, inhibiting the flow of food and medical assistance to the isolated country ahead of a new round of diplomacy over Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The decision was made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, two of these people said, part of an attempt to tighten the screws on North Korea in response to perceived foot-dragging on dismantling its nuclear program…” (Cheng, 10/11).