Seoul offers North humanitarian aid

AFP-JIJI

South Korea announced Monday $6.3 million in humanitarian funding for North Korea through the World Health Organization, the second such aid package in just over a month.

The South’s Unification Ministry said it had also approved aid shipments to the North by a dozen South Korean civic groups worth 2.35 billion won ($2.12 million).

South Korea cut off government-to-government aid and trade with North Korea in 2010 after a series of incidents, including the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel.

Indirect support also plunged, but has been revived under the “trust-building” policy of President Park Geun-hye, who took office in February.

Monday’s aid announcement coincided with the first meeting of a North-South committee tasked with re-opening the Kaesong joint industrial zone that was closed in April when tensions were at their height.