South Korea, which last week resumed bilateral food aid to North Korea, said on Monday it would provide $20 million to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to help it feed people in the impoverished country. No timeframe for the donation was given in a statement from South Korea’s unification ministry.
South Korea had suspended its regular food aid to North Korea in July 2006 in response to Pyongyang, defying international warnings and test-firing a barrage of ballistic missiles.
Seoul said last week it would resume its food handouts to the country, which battles chronic shortages, citing North Korean progress in implementing a six-way nuclear disarmament deal reached in February. South Korea said the pledge to the WFP is separate from its bilateral aid.
The WFP aims to assist 1.9 million hit by food shortages among the North’s 22.5 million population but is facing a funding shortfall, the WFP said on its Web site.