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Fears of food shortages in North Korea

17 February 2011 Last updated at 19:08 GMT

Amid fears of another food crisis in North Korea a team of experts from the United Nations will arrive there in the next few days.

The communist state has told the World Food Program that it needs help after poor recent harvests and an unusually harsh winter.

American aid was stopped two years ago because of worries about how it was being distributed, and ongoing concerns about Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

The BBC's Nick Ravenscroft spoke to a former resident of North Korea about the poor food she had to endure.