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05 Aug 1997 description
report Gemini News Service

Washington and Seoul have again ruled out large-scale food aid to North Korea unless it joins peace talks - despite warnings that millions face starvation from famine there. Desperate for money to ease the strain, reports Gemini News Service, Pyongyang's envoys and overseas workers are said to be turning to smuggling and dealing in forged currency and drugs.

Cologne, Germany

North Koreans are resorting to illegal schemes to raise hard currency amid growing economic problems and the threat of a