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N Korean food crisis: S Korea seeking to provide food aid in 'preemptive' way

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Taking into account the current in North Korea, is pushing to provide to its neighbour in a "preemptive" way, the South Korean Kim Yeon-said on Wednesday.

"By taking into account (North Korea's) difficult food situations, we are seeking to provide preemptive assistances at the government level," quoted the as saying during a meeting here.

He reiterated that the government will extend humanitarian assistance to despite the "political situations". This statement comes as denuclearisation talks between the elusive state and the USA have hit a roadblock after the break down of their second summit in earlier this year.

also tested multiple short-range missiles last month -- a move which was jointly criticised by both the and

Last month, pledged to provide USD eight million as humanitarian aid to help North Korea's malnourished children and pregnant women, as the reclusive state faces severe drought and a caused by its worst harvest in decades.

Sanctions against the state worsen the food crisis, with the UN estimating that around 10 million North Koreans are suffering from ""

While wants the sanctions to be removed, the has reiterated that relief in sanctions would only be given after complete denuclearisation of the is achieved.

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 13:48 IST