After North Korea's underground nuclear test last October, South Korea immediately suspended a shipment of 500,000 tonnes of food supplies, and China also reduced food exports to North Korea last year, as responses to North Korea's "provocative act." But North Korea is a country in need of food. The World Food Programme has identified 1.9 million North Koreans as in immediate need of help.
As the six-party talks have begun in Beijing, some believe that food aid is crucial to this round of talks. For more, read this article.