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S.Korea to give $8 million in aid to N.Korea

IANS  |  Seoul 

on Friday announced it would donate $8 million in to through international agencies, at a time when its neighbour faces a and

had originally approved the package in 2017, but the repeated testing of weapons by Pyongyang, the imposition of international sanctions on and later the lack of progress in North's denuclearisation had prevented the proposal's actual implementation, news agency reported.

"We plan to provide $8 million through international agencies such as the (WFP) and for projects to support the nutrition of children and pregnant women and their health," the said in a statement.

said it had approved the irrespective of the political situation, at a time when the denuclearisation dialogue with has been stuck since the failed US-summit in in February.

According to media reports, North Korea is facing a and has witnessed the worst spring in four decades.

A recent report by the and the WFP said that due to the worst harvest in a decade, some 10 million North Koreans - 40 per cent of the total population - face an

The government, led by Moon Jae-in, on Friday also authorized South Korean businesspersons' first visit to the Kaesong inter-since the complex was shut down in 2016 due to Pyongyang's weapons tests.

Seoul's announcements come after stepped up pressure on and the US last week to soften their positions in the denuclearisation dialogue by carrying out two consecutive missile tests.



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 19:52 IST