Saturday, August 14, 2010

S. Korea allows humanitarian visit to North Korea

The government of South Korea will allow three of its citizens, including a doctor, to visit North Korea next week in the first such trip to the communist state since May when Seoul barred exchanges with Pyongyang over the March 26 naval disaster.
A doctor, who serves as an advisor to the local aid group Korean Sharing Movement, will visit the North’s border town of Gaeseong Tuesday next week to deliver anti-malaria aid worth US$336,000.

The South has only allowed infant-related humanitarian shipments to the North since a multinational investigation found Pyongyang responsible for the sinking of the corvette Cheonan.

The anti-malaria aid - funded by Gyeonggi Province - including kits to diagnose infection, mosquito nets, mosquito repellent incense and anti-malaria pills for pregnant women will be delivered to Gaeseong City, and Jangpung, Geumcheon, Tosan counties in the North.
The ministry, however, rejected the request by a religious group to send 300 tonnes of wheat flour to the North.

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