World news: Plea for N. Korean children

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The food aid arm of the United Nations warned yesterday of a risk of "massive mortality" in North Korea following a sample testing that showed about 17 per cent of young children surveyed in the country are seriously undernourished. "Without adequate assistance we can expect massive mortality in the coming winter. Nutritionally, North Koreans are already pressed to the limit," Catherine Bertini, World Food Programme head, said.