Analysts say the country's economic problems and food shortage are approaching the widespread famine and suffering of the 1990s. The
Kim Tae Woo suggest "the situation may push the
Those steps are crucial as
Conversations with North Koreans crossing the
Mr. Peters, reached by phone as he met North Koreans on the Chinese side of the
An influx of aid from the US and South Korea, on top of aid the North receives from China, "could be a big help," he adds, "but my question is, how far will it filter down to the little people?"