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Thursday, 29 March 2012 - 8:03
US confirm suspension of food aid to North Korea.
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The US has confirmed it has suspended planned food aid to North Korea.

The decision comes after Pyongyang announced a new rocket launch, which the United States says breaks the terms of a deal agreed last month.

Earlier reports that the food aid plans had been put on hold were confirmed by a Pentagon official yesterday.

Under the deal signed in February, North Korea agreed to a partial freeze in nuclear activities and a missile test moratorium in return for US food aid.

North Korea claims the launch - which is scheduled for between April 12-16 - is only a satellite and is for scientific purposes.

But the US and North Korea's neighbours insist it will be a long-range missile test, breaking the terms of last month's agreement.

The planned 240,000 tonnes of food aid from the US was to go to children and pregnant women.

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