Seoul to boost humanitarian aid to North Korea based on progress of denuclearisation

Seoul to boost humanitarian aid to North Korea based on progress of denuclearisation
# 24 September 2019 19:29 (UTC +04:00)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said during a meeting with Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly that Seoul was willing to increase humanitarian aid to North Korea, depending on the possible progress in the denuclearisation of the peninsula, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Moon asked Guterres for the organisation's further participation in the peace process on the Korean Peninsula, as cited by the Korean Broadcasting System media outlet.

The UN secretary general, in turn, confirmed his intent to continue close cooperation with Seoul to achieve peace and praised the role of the South Korean leader in normalising the inter-Korean relationship and establishing a dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington.

Earlier this year, South Korea approved a plan to provide $8 million worth of humanitarian aid to North Korea. In addition, the Seoul administration separately announced its intent to provide $1 million in food assistance. The aid will need to be provided through UN bodies and channeled to support nutrition programs for children and pregnant women in North Korea, where millions of people suffer from food shortages due to natural disasters and international sanctions.

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