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Gov't to send 8-million-dollar aid to N. Korea this year

Gov't to send 8-million-dollar aid to N. Korea this year

Posted September. 22, 2017 08:19,   

Updated September. 22, 2017 09:15


The Moon Jae-in administration approved a plan on Thursday to send its first humanitarian aid worth of 8 million dollars to North Korea. As for the timing and modes of payments, the government said that it would donate the money within this year according to ‘humanitarian urgency’ after considering the development of inter-Korean relations and all surrounding circumstances. It has been one year and nine months since South Korea provided 800,000 dollars to the North through the United National Population Fund (UNFPA) for its Socio-Economic Population and Health Survey in November 2015.


At the Inter-Korean Exchanges and Cooperation Promotion Council chaired by Unification Minister Cho Myong-gyon on Thursday, the decision was deliberated and approved. Under the plan, the South will send nutritional products worth 4.5 million dollars for children and pregnant women through the World Food Programme and vaccines and medicinal treatments worth 3.5 million dollars through UNICEF. The Unification Ministry has not disclosed the exact timing of when the aid will be sent.

Na-Ri Shin journari@donga.com