S.Korea's delegation of religious groups visits DPRK with flour aid

16:31, August 27, 2010      

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A joint delegation of five major religious organizations in South Korea traveled to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Friday to deliver food aid, the second civilian visit approved on humanitarian grounds amid Seoul's restrictions on visits to the country in the aftermath of the Cheonan incident in March.

The nine-member delegation of the Catholic, Protestant, Cheondo, Buddhist and Won-Buddhist orders headed to the border town of Kaesong from Paju, Gyeonggi Province, north of Seoul, with 300 tons of flour, according to local media.

The 250 million won (209,170 U.S. dollars) worth of aid was the second humanitarian assistance from Seoul to its neighbor since it imposed a travel ban to the DPRK in May in retaliation for the sinking of its warship Cheonan, which killed 46 South Korean sailors. Seoul accused the DPRK of torpedoing the warship, while Pyongyang has denied its involvement in the incident.

Seoul allowed the first civilian visit on Aug. 17, in which an aid organization delivered 400 million won worth of anti-malaria aid to the DPRK.

According to the Ministry of Unification, shipments sent to the DPRK on humanitarian grounds after May's travel ban amounted to nearly 2.88 billion won as of Aug. 26.

During its one-day visit, the delegation will deliver the flour to children and the vulnerable in the border town and counties in North Hwanghae Province.

Source: Xinhua


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