S.Korea to offer $8mn aid to N.Korea

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2017

His government decided Thursday to resume humanitarian aid to North Korea to help children and pregnant women but didn't determine when to provide the $8 million worth of assistance.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday the situation on the peninsula is serious, but the issue must be resolved peacefully through dialogue and negotiations, Chinese state-owned news agency Xinhua reported. The previous government suspended humanitarian aid following Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test last January.

About $4.5m of nutrition-rich supplies will be distributed to children and pregnant women through the UN World Food Programme. Japan's government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said it could undermine worldwide efforts to put pressure on North Korea.

"The Korean Peninsula is where the guiding spirit of the United Nations - world peace through multiculturalism - is most desperately needed right now", Moon said according to a script of his address released by Cheong Wa Dae before its delivery at the United Nations headquarters in NY.

The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, reportedly asked the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, to reconsider the timing of the aid package in a recent telephone call.

"Today, we estimate that about 200,000 children are affected by acute malnutrition, heightening their risk of death and increasing rates of stunting", Hulshof said.

Trump said the measure would also disrupt other trade avenues for North Korea in efforts to halt its nuclear weapons program.

The South Korean president also vowed to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The resolution will be put to a vote at the United Nations General Assembly on November 13.

Moon said he highly appreciated the recent UN Security Council resolutions against North Korean's "provocations" and said the body's swift action showed the worldwide community was "collectively outraged" by Pyongyang's actions.

Moon, in his speech, praised the UN's concerted and swift action on the nuke test and called for stronger pressure on the Kim Jong-un regime to bring it back to the negotiating table.

North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on September 3 and has launched numerous missiles this year, including two intercontinental ballistic missiles and two other rockets that flew over Japan.

Trump said Thursday the US will impose additional sanctions over the communist country's nuclear weapons buildup.

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