US: No decision on food aid to NKorea

June 24, 2011 - 4:15 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says it remains willing to engage with North Korea but only if the communist state improves relations with South Korea.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also said Friday that the U.S. has made no decision on whether to provide food aid to North Korea.

The U.N. says the North needs emergency aid to feed a quarter of its people.

Clinton was speaking after talks Friday with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan.

The U.S. and South Korea have closely coordinated policy toward Pyongyang in the past two years, but have made little headway.

They are demanding North Korea moves to improve tense relations with the South before international negotiations on the North's nuclear program can resume.