SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ A U.S. congressman who is a hunger expert has arrived in North Korea to look into the food shortage situation, the communist country's media reported Monday.

A one-sentence dispatch by the North's Korean Central News Agency said Rep. Tony P. Hall, an Ohio Democrat, flew into Pyongyang, the North's capital, on Sunday but did not give details.

Hall, an expert on hunger and poverty who has traveled widely in Africa and Asia, had said earlier he would try to measure the extent of the food shortages during the five-day visit.

It was Hall's fourth visit to North Korea since 1996 and his first this year.

On his way home, the congressman will stop in Seoul to brief South Korean officials and speak to reporters.