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STARVATION AND POLITICAL INSTABILITY UNDERLINE A DEFECTOR'S WARNING THAT NORTH KOREA IS DESPERATE

At a Huich'on kindergarten in central North Korea, the starving children appear almost skeletal. Nurses in Pyongyang hospitals can see their breath because the buildings have no heat. U.S. Congressman Tony Hall, on a visit to North Korea, spotted a teenage girl, so malnourished she looked like a six- or seven-year-old, picking weeds and grass to eat. Emergency food shipments from China, South Korea, Europe and the U.S. are being rushed in, but U.S. intelligence agencies warn that not enough will arrive in time to prevent tens of thousands from starving to death. North Korea, says World Food Program director Catherine...

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