South Korea offers North first aid in nearly two years

South Korea offered North Korea its first food aid in nearly two years as part of a recent cautious rapprochement between the two neighbours.

South Korea offers North first aid in nearly two years
South Korea on Monday offered North Korea its first food aid in nearly two years as part of a recent cautious rapprochement between the two neighbours.

South Korea made the offer through its Red Cross, which said it would send North Korea a small shipment consisting of 10,000 tons of corn, 20 tons of milk power and medicine.

The aid was being offered purely on humanitarian grounds and no further shipments were planned, the Unification Ministry in Seoul said.

"This aid will be solely prepared by the Red Cross," the official said.

For a decade, South Korea was one of the biggest donors to the North, shipping hundreds of thousands of tons of food across the militarized border every year. But the aid stopped after President Lee Myung-bak took office last year with a pledge to get tough on the North.

The 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, leaving the divided peninsula in a state of war.


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Last Mod: 26 Ekim 2009, 11:46
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