South Korea Approves An $8 Million Aid Package For North Korea

South Korea's Moon urges North to give up nuclear weapons

It has not determined when the aid will be sent to North Korea. Today, Seoul announced it will be sending $8 million in humanitarian aid to North Korea.

Among the total, $4.5 million would be given to the WFP, while the remaining $3.5 million was allotted to the Unicef.

So what's the deal?

Still, the decision is ensured to trigger heated political debates as many South Koreans have expressed concerns that the aid resumption would distract from efforts to step up sanctions and pressure against the North over its rapidly expanding nuclear weapons program.

South Korea's unification ministry agreed to provide the funds, which will go towards programmes for infants and pregnant women, days after the United Nations security council agreed a further round of sanctions in response to the regime's recent nuclear test. Lee Eugene, a Unification Ministry spokesperson, told the New York Times those measures would harm poor North Koreans, including the elderly and new mothers.

Moon was due to meet later Thursday with Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - their second three-way summit in two months - to show a common front in the pressure campaign against North Korea.

South Korea has approved a plan to send $A10 million worth of aid to North Korea as China warns the crisis on the Korean peninsula is getting more serious by the day and the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington continues. It was sent after Typhoon Lionrock hit North Korea with massive rainfall, which led to widespread flooding.

"We do not desire the collapse of North Korea", Moon said.

President Moon stressed the need for the global community to work together to thoroughly implement the latest UN Security Council resolution against North Korea and asked for an active role by the UN chief to solve the North's nuclear problem in a fundamental, comprehensive yet peaceful manner. UNICEF's regional director for East Asia and the Pacific Karin Hulshof said in a statement before the decision the problems North Korean children face "are all too real". "So whether or not they know where it comes from, I don't really care", de Bono continued.

North Korea suffered a great starvation in the 1990s that starved around 23 million North Koreans and killed around 10 percent of the population.

Since then, North Korea's economy has improved, but it still relies on farming to feed its people. In stark contrast, the Moon administration has just *approved aid, only weeks after the sixth nuclear test. Opposition lawmakers in Korea were criticizing the move earlier this week, saying that the timing wasn't right, and that it would only help preserve the Kim Jong-un regime.

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