S. Korea To Work Toward Providing N. Korea With Flood Aid
The South Korean government hopes to work toward smoothly coming to terms on the flood aid it plans to provide for the North.
North Korea accepted the aid offer but asked the South to send a detailed list of aid supplies along with the volume.
The flood aid would be the first of its kind since North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il died last December and his son Kim Jong-un took power.
An official from the Unification Ministry said Tuesday that, the South Korean government plans to discuss and negotiate with an open mind on how much and what kind of aid the North would need to help its people.
The South offered North Korea food and medicine aid last year but when the North asked for cement and building equipment instead, the offer was pulled.
Since the death of Kim Jong-il, inter-Korea ties have deteriorated, following Kim Jong-un's increased verbal attacks against the South for conducting joint exercises with the United States.
Although some analysts say the North's acceptance of the aid could signal a thawing of relations between the two countries, others say that might be an overstatement.
[Interview : Chang Yong-seok, Senior Researcher
Seoul National University] "I believe North Korea's decision to accept South Korea's aid was a practical move. The North probably thought that by accepting the South's offer, the international community as whole will also begin to think about offering more aid to the North. I think it's too early to say that the move was to improve inter-Korea relations."
South Korea assumed that North Korea's crop production for the year most likely dropped by over 10 percent as a result of the floods.
Pyongyang reported that more than 2-hundred people have been killed this summer due to flooding, with some 200-thousand others displaced and much of the country's farms destroyed.
Lee Ji-yoon, Arirang News.
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