North Korea says it has asked the United Nations to end all humanitarian aid to the country by the end of the year. But the U.N. World Food Program, which administers aid to Pyongyang, said it has received no word about such a move.

North Korea's Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon announced Pyongyang's intentions Thursday at U.N. headquarters. He said his country made the decision because it has experienced improved food production and because countries such as the United States are politicizing humanitarian assistance.

The World Food Program says it has not been asked to leave North Korea, but that its operation there may change in the new year. A spokesman said the organization expects to shift from humanitarian aid to funding development projects.

Details have not been finalized.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.