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S. Korea considering 8-mln-USD aid to DPRK via int'l organizations: media

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 15:19, September 14, 2017

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- South Korea was considering eight million U.S. dollars of humanitarian aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) through international organizations, local media reports said Thursday.

An unidentified Unification Ministry official told local reporters that the eight-million-dollar aid to the DPRK would be discussed next Thursday during a meeting of the inter-Korean exchange and cooperation committee.

The assistance reportedly involves offering 4.5 million dollars to the World Food Program (WFP) project, which helps infants and pregnant women, and 3.5 million dollars to the UN International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

If approved, it would mark the first South Korean humanitarian aid to the DPRK since the new government under President Moon Jae-in was launched in May.

The new government maintained a basic stance that humanitarian issues would be dealt with regardless of political situations.

Seoul's aid to Pyongyang was suspended after the DPRK's fourth nuclear test in January last year.

On Sept. 3, the DPRK detonated what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb.

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