Misguided U.S. Food Policy Toward North Korea
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In 1995, the United Nations World Food Program published an urgent plea for nations to donate food and medicines to relieve a complex food emergency in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea DPRK or North Korea. Several nations, including China, immediately donated food and other supplies to feed starving Koreans. The United States, apparently caught unaware, paused for many months to consider the political and security ramifications of donating significant food, medicines, and funds to the effort. Given previous U.S. policy, the history and nature of the Korean people, and long-term U.S. national security interests, this initial pause was an error. The U.S. should have quickly sent a large, unrestricted donation of food and other needed supplies to ensure that hundreds of thousands of Koreans did not starve to death. The basis for this assertion is that East Asian experts then agreed that Korea would soon reunify. If unified, the Korean people would likely judge harshly this U.S. reluctance. Because the U.S. acted politically rather than humanely, it stands to share with the DPRK blame for needless starvation of thousands of Koreans.
- Government and Political Science
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition