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Pro-unification organization in S. Korea plans to provide N. Korea with 500 pigs

All Headlines 16:51 January 11, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- A pro-unification organization in South Korea said Friday it is working on an aid plan to provide North Korea with 500 pigs in stages as part of efforts to promote reconciliation and exchanges between the two sides.

The Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation said it plans to form an agriculture and livestock committee that will take charge of the pig project. The committee will include experts in livestock, agriculture, veterinary and other related areas, it said.

Kim Hong-gul, head of the council, said the pig project not only represents humanitarian aid but is also a peace project that will contribute to agricultural and livestock cooperation and exchanges between the two sides.

In November, the council delivered a local pig industry association's proposal to conduct a joint pig-raising project with North Korea when it held a meeting with its North Korean counterpart at the North's Mount Kumgang resort, council officials said.

North Korean officials said in response they will review the proposal positively, officials said.

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