Big US Food Shipment Marks Korea Progress
UN food program expects to feed 5M in North, gain access
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2008 1:56 PM CDT
In this photo released by the United Nations World Food Program, North Korean children sit at a nursery in Sohung County, in North Korea's North Hwanghae on Feb. 5, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – After a major US food shipment arrived yesterday, North Korea has approved a plan for the UN's World Food Program to expand aid delivered to the country, and has agreed to allow UN monitors more access to track where the food ends up, the Washington Post reports. "This marks a major advance in the way we work in this country," an official said.

The WFP says it expects to be able to boost its operation from feeding 1.2 million people to 5 million. Under the new deal with the North, the agency will finally be allowed to use Korean speakers as monitors to make sure that the food is delivered to the people who need it.