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S. Korea approves private humanitarian aid to N. Korea

All Headlines 11:07 December 30, 2013

SEOUL, Dec. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea endorsed private humanitarian aid to North Korea on Monday, an official said, in the latest assistance to Pyongyang despite lingering tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The two private aid groups are allowed to ship nutritional and medical supplies worth 240 million won (US$227,000) to infants, children and people suffering tuberculosis in the North, unification ministry spokesman Kim Eyi-do told reporters.

The planned aid brought the total amount of assistance to the North by South Korea's private aid groups to 6.8 billion won since February when President Park Geun-hye took office in Seoul.

South Korea has also shipped aid worth 13.5 billion won to the North through international organizations since February.

The latest approval came more than a week after North Korea threatened to mercilessly strike South Korea without notice if anti-North Korean protesters insult North Korean leader Kim Jong-un again.


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