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N.K. media outlet reacts negatively to S. Korea's food aid plans

All Headlines 10:56 May 12, 2019

SEOUL, May 12 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean propaganda media outlet said Sunday that South Korea shouldn't be talking about "humanitarian" projects while putting off implementation of summit deals between the two sides, in an apparent negative reaction to Seoul's plans to provide food aid.

Seoul has been formulating plans to provide food assistance as part of efforts to help ease worsening food shortages in the impoverished communist nation and keep the stalled peace process with Pyongyang alive. President Moon Jae-in said he wants to go ahead with the aid plans despite the North's firing of missiles.

Meari, one of the North's state propaganda websites, reacted critically to the plans.

"It would be ridiculing the yearning of the nation ... to have empty words like plans and humanitarianism while putting fundamental issues related to implementation of the declarations on the back burner," it said, referring to summit agreements reached between the two sides.

The article was apparently referring to the food aid issue, though it wasn't mentioned directly.

"It would be a deception the public sentiment ... to make a fuss as if a few humanitarian projects, which are far from the demands of the nation, would lead to big progress in inter-Korean relations," the article said.

The outlet urged the South to focus on carrying out summit agreements.
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