South Korea To Provide $8M In Humanitarian Aid To North Korea Despite Nuclear Talks Stalemate
New York Times: South Korea Announces $8 Million Aid Package for North
“South Korea said on Friday that it would provide $8 million in humanitarian aid to help North Korea’s malnourished children and pregnant women, as the North faces severe drought and a food crisis caused by its worst harvest in a decade. The sum represents funds that the South had originally planned to donate in 2017, through the World Food Programme and the United Nations Children’s Fund. But the donation was shelved after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan that year and Shinzo Abe, Japan’s leader, argued for delaying it. South Korea made it clear on Friday that it did not regard the current stalemate in talks over the North’s nuclear program as a reason to deny the aid…” (Sang-Hun, 5/17).