UN team finds 28 percent of NKorean children malnourished, 16 million NKoreans need food aid

The United Nations says that more than a fourth of all North Korean children are stunted from chronic malnutrition and fully two-thirds of the country's 24 million people don't know where their next meal is coming from.

The U.N. said Friday that its Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs found that 2.8 million North Koreans "are in need of regular food assistance amidst worrying levels of chronic malnutrition and food insecurity."

The OCHA report read out by U.N. spokesman Eduardo del Buey did not directly mention North Korea's recent threat to attack South Korea and America with a pre-emptive nuclear strike, and its claim to have abolished the Korean War armistice.

But the report said food aid should be neutral and impartial and not based on political developments.