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Friday, 6 February, 1998, 21:58 GMT
Korean defector talks of starvation in the North

A North Korean diplomat who defected to the South has arrived in Seoul and spoken of worsening food shortages in the North.

The diplomat, Kim Dong Su had been one of his country's representatives at the Food and Agricultural Organisation, in Rome.

Mr Kim said his ambassador in Rome had told him of seeing the bodies of children who had apparently starved to death lying in a street in the capital, Pyongyang.

In another develoment, officials of the two Koreas, the United States and China are due to meet today in New York to discuss the schedule for the next round of Korean peace talks.

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