South Korea Considers Resuming Some Aid to North Korea

South Korea may start providing humanitarian aid again to North Korea, with a focus on addressing the needs of children and infants.

The country said it plans to allow local aid organizations to send food and medicines for infants and young children living in its reclusive neighbor country, the Chosun Ilbo reports.

“The government gives priority to benefiting North Korean children and underprivileged people directly,” the Seoul-based newspaper quotes Kim Tae-hyo, the South Korean presidential secretary for national security strategy.

South Korea’s unification ministry has previously said it is thinking of ways to ensure that the humanitarian aid South Korea provides to North Korea is not diverted for military purposes.

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