S. Korea Seeks Humanitarian Assistance to North

Write : 2017-09-14 14:14:55 Update : 2017-09-14 17:08:39

S. Korea Seeks Humanitarian Assistance to North

Despite continued nuclear provocations from Pyongyang, the South Korean government is planning to extend humanitarian assistance to the North.
The Unification Ministry said Thursday that the government will soon review the donation of some eight million U.S. dollars through UN agencies.

[Sound bite: Unification Ministry Spokesman Baik Tae Hyun (Korean)]
"The government's stance is that the humanitarian aid for North Korea's infants, adolescents and pregnant women has to be continued regardless of the political situation. With this stance, the government plans to discuss humanitarian aid for North Korea requested by UN affiliated organisations such as UNICEF and WFP, during the South - North Korean Cooperation Conference, which is slated for September 21."

Ministry spokesman Baik Tae Hyun added that the specific methods of giving aid and the timing of the aid will be decided after taking inter-Korean relations into consideration.
Four-point-five million dollars will go toward the World Food Programme's nutritional programs for children and expectant mothers, while three-point-five million dollars will fund UNICEF's vaccinations, essential medicine and treatments.
If executed, it will be the Moon administration's first dispatch of aid to North Korea. It will also be Seoul's first aid to the North through an international organization in 21 months. 

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