North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has been accused of diverting cash to fund nuclear missile development while 18 million people edge closer to death due to a devastating drought. United Nations chiefs will visit the country urgently before it is too late to “make the case very clearly that innocent children should not starve to death”. David Beasley, head of the UN World Food programme, revealed the plans as he

blamed the portly leader for plowing money into his growing nuclear programme instead of helping his 18 million citizens who are “food insecure”. Of those, 200,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition, according to UNICEF. Mr Beasley said: “I think the North Korean government understands, as I have made it clear, that Western donors don’t feel comfortable giving because money that they think should be helping children is being used to build a nuclear programme.”  MORE