South Korea allows food aid shipment to North Korea

    For the first time since the death of North Korea leader Kim Jong Il in December, the reclusive country will be receiving food aid from South Korea.

    The South Korean government approved Jan. 20 the shipment of 180 tons of flour to day care centers and elementary schools in North Korea. The aid package is from the civic group Korea Peace Foundation and will be shipped on Jan. 27, CNN says, citing South Korean Unification Ministry spokesperson Kim Hyung-suk.

    The South Korean government, however, is not expected to resume its food aid program for North Korea anytime soon. The government does allow nongovernmental organizations to send food assistance to Pyongyang.

    North Korea announced the death of its long-time leader, Kim, in December. His son, Kim Jong-un, was named his successor. It remains to be seen how the new leadership will affect North Korea’s relations with the international community, including on issues of food and other assistance.

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