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S. Korea approves new humanitarian assistance to N. Korea

All Headlines 10:45 July 09, 2010

SEOUL, July 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has approved two shipments of baby food to North Korea in the latest humanitarian aid to the communist state amid tension over the sinking of a warship, an official said Friday.

The powdered milk worth a total of 600 million won (US$490,000) will be sent to three provinces in the North, provided by two civilian relief groups, including Join Together Society, Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung told reporters.

South Korea has approved about a dozen shipments of humanitarian aid to North Korea since it condemned the communist country for sinking one of its warships on March 26, killing 46 sailors.

Seoul has since cut off trade with North Korea and suspended all humanitarian aid except for assistance benefiting the young and the diseased. The North denies its role in the sinking in the Yellow Sea.

North Korea is one of the poorest countries in the world, and its children suffer from chronic malnutrition.

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