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.