S Korea's Red Cross offers aid worth 10 billion won to flood-hit DPRK

11:12, August 31, 2010      

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South Korea's Red Cross offered Tuesday to provide flood aid worth 10 billion won (8.3 million U.S. dollars) to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to help the country cope with floods, the unification ministry in Seoul said.

The organization notified the DPRK authorities of the offer earlier in the day by sending a message. The aid consists of food, medical supplies and other emergency relief goods, according to the ministry.

Seoul has shied away from sending government-level aid to Pyongyang since May, after the Seoul-led team of investigators blamed Pyongyang for the March 26 sinking of a South Korean warship. The DPRK denies the charge.

The South Korean government has repeatedly said it will continue humanitarian assistance to its northern neighbor, but denied recent local reports that it is considering resuming rice aid to the DPRK.

Source: Xinhua


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