North Korea, struggling with food shortages, send millions of city dwellers into the countryside to help work on farms during the weekends. Officials say that its a annual thing, but this year everyone in the city is involved. This increase in number may have been due to the decreasing foreign aid to North Korea as it continues to become a nuclear weapons power. The United States started to crack down on its import of hard currency to North Korea, stating that the funds are just going to nuclear research. The 6.5 million people recieving foreign food aid will decrease to a projected 1.5 million without a new supply of food (based on the article below). With its peope starving, North Korea continues to defy the rest of the world and do its own thing.