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S. Korea to send powdered milk to N. Korea: Red Cross

All Headlines 16:46 March 09, 2010

SEOUL, March 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Red Cross said it will send 20 tons of powdered skim milk to North Korea on Wednesday as part of humanitarian aid to the impoverished neighbor.

The aid worth 156 million won (US$137,000) will be delivered on two 11-ton trucks across the inter-Korean border and unloaded in the border town of Kaesong, the Red Cross said in a release.

In January, North Korea accepted a proposal by the South to provide powdered milk along with other types of aid as humanitarian assistance.

North Korea has relied on international handouts to feed its people since the mid-1990's, with its underage population suffering from years of malnutrition.

Large-scale food assistance from the South has grounded to a halt since President Lee Myung-bak took office in Seoul in early 2008 with a policy demanding the North first show progress in efforts to end its nuclear programs.

The two countries remain technically at war with each other after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

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