Seoul to offer North Korea $8 million in humanitarian aid

Seoul to offer North Korea $8 million in humanitarian aid

Seoul to offer North Korea $8 million in humanitarian aid

"Seoul has the principle of providing all of the $8 million to North Korea", a government official said, asked whether the size of the actual provision could be smaller.

The last time the South had sent aid to the North was in December 2015 through the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) under ex-president Park Geun-hye.

"There are a number of problems with attempting to provide humanitarian aid to [North Korea] through such channels right now", Nicholas Eberstadt, a Korea expert with the American Enterprise Institute, told VOA's Korean Service.

So far, no North Korean athlete has qualified for PyeongChang, though there has been talk of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) granting wild cards, something previously proposed by Choi Moon-soon, governor of the Gangwon province that will host the Winter Games.

Meeting separately with his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, Wang reiterated a call for South Korea to remove the US -built THAAD anti-missile system, which China says is a threat to its own security.

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Taiwan's measure is aimed at "denouncing North Korea's recent successive nuclear tests and actions that jeopardise regional security", the economics ministry said in a statement. -South Korea trade agreement known as KORUS.

In the face of that criticism, proponents of Seoul's decision to extend humanitarian aid to Pyongyang say it was both a goodwill gesture and a calculated move to leave a diplomatic door open.

Son Kum-ju, a lawmaker and spokesman of the opposition People's Party, said the decision to resume aid was badly timed because it risks sending mixed signals to the global community that's trying to tighten the screws on Pyongyang.

To complement the United Nations measures, Taiwan said it would suspend liquefied natural gas, crude oil, and refined oil product exports to North Korea with effect from Tuesday, the economics ministry said in a statement. -South Korean trade agreement as he has threatened.

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It was in line with the government's basic stance that its humanitarian aid to Pyongyang would be treated separately from political situations. "It is never the intention of economic sanctions to hurt the most vulnerable in society".

"If (Trump) was thinking about surprising us with dog-barking sounds then he is clearly dreaming", he said.

The decision to resume aid is unpopular among many South Koreans.

Once again the North slammed the U.S. for calling for a new round of "reckless and ridiculous" sanctions on the country.

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