S Korean agencies requested to suspend budgets for inter-Korean cooperation projects

17:56, May 17, 2010      

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South Korean Ministry of Unification recently requested the country's other governmental agencies to suspend their budgets related to inter-Korean cooperation projects, with the exception of humanitarian aid, a ministry spokesman said on Monday.

The Ministry of Unification made the request last week in a letter to some 10 governmental agencies, including the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, and (South) Korea forest service, ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung told a press briefing.

The move comes amid the recent strained relations between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Chun said, citing the DPRK's freeze on and seizure Seoul's properties at Mt. Kumgang resort.

But he said the humanitarian aid for the DPRK's vulnerable groups such as infants and pregnant women will not be affected, noting that his country will continue provide humanitarian aid through international agencies like the World Health Organization.

Last week, the ministry also urged companies involved in inter- Korean economic cooperation projects to refrain from any business expansion in the DPRK.

Source: Xinhua

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