S. Korea agrees to offer aid for DPRK's flood victims

10:50, September 13, 2010      

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South Korea announced Monday it will offer 5,000 tons of rice and 250,000 bags of cement for flood victims in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

It also proposed to hold inter-Korean talks over separated family reunion on Sept. 17 in the border town of Kaesong, Seoul's Red Cross, a main channel for humanitarian cooperation between the two sides, said in a press briefing.

The aid will be delivered to the DPRK's northwestern coastal city of Sinuiju reportedly hit hardest by torrential rains and floods there, the organization said.

The moves come after the DPRK asked South Korea for rice aid earlier this month, in response to Seoul's offer last month of providing its northern neighbor with medical supplies and emergency relief goods in flood aid.

Observers say the aid might hint at a thaw between frosty inter- Korean ties. Seoul suspended virtually exchanges with Pyongyang in May, after an international probe concluded that the sinking of a South Korean warship was masterminded by the DPRK, a charge it denies.

Source: Xinhua


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