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SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) — South Korea on Thursday approved US$8 million in aid to North Korea via U.N. agencies as it seeks to handle humanitarian issues separately from political situations.
The government decided at an interagency meeting to support infants and pregnant women in North Korea, citing a serious humanitarian crisis facing them, according to Seoul’s unification ministry.
The move came amid concerns that Seoul’s aid may compromise international efforts to pressure Pyongyang to give up its nuclear and missile programs.
“The government will weigh the timing of an actual provision and size after taking into account various factors, such as inter-Korean situations,” the ministry said in a statement.
Seoul stressed that the issue of extending aid to North Korea should be handled regardless of political considerations.
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