S Korean Catholic group delivers flour to DPRK

14:13, July 28, 2011      

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South Korea's Catholic aid agency delivered 100 tons of flour to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Thursday, soon after the government granted approval for civilian food aid to the impoverished neighbor.

Caritas Korea sent 100 tons of flour to the border city of Kaesong, which will then be delivered to nurseries and hospitals in Kangnam-gun County in North Hwanghae Province, south of Pyongyang.

Earlier this week, another civic group, Seoul-based Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation (KCRC), provided the DPRK with 300 tons of flour.

South Korea had virtually suspended aid to its northern neighbor following two deadly incidents last year that altogether killed 50 South Koreans, though the DPRK denied involvement in the sinking of a South Korean warship and said the shelling of a South Korean island near the disputed maritime border was provoked by a live ammunition drill by Seoul.

The rare government authorization was granted in consideration of guarantees of transparency in aid distribution, and is in line with its stance that only humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable will be permitted, according to the Unification Ministry.

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