US weighs North Korea talks and food aid

2011-12-20 22:27

Washington - The US says it needs to have more talks with North Korea before it reaches a decision on whether to provide the impoverished country with food aid.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said on Tuesday that negotiations on the issue between US and North Korean officials in Beijing last week were "inconclusive".

The US still needs to complete its own assessment of food needs and has unresolved concerns over how aid would be monitored.

Nuland said the US has conveyed those concerns to North Korea diplomats in New York, but does not expect to be able to resolve the matter before the New Year, as North Korea is in a period of official mourning for its leader Kim Jong-Il who died at the weekend.