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Seoul soon to start procedures to deliver US$ 8 mil. contribution to WFP, UNICEF Updated: 2019-05-20 19:03:30 KST

South Korea is soon to begin the procedures required for its contribution to the UN for humanitarian assistance to North Korea.
Seoul's unification ministry had announced last Friday that it will donate 8 million dollars to the World Food Programme and UNICEF for projects in North Korea on nutritional support and maternal and child health.

"Related divisions will keep communicating with the World Food Programme and UNICEF to prepare for specific plans."

In 2017, South Korea had decided to offer the North 8 million U.S. dollars of humanitarian aid through UNICEF and the World Food Programme.
That assistance which had to be given by 2018 -- was never sent.
Seoul is to first discuss with the UN agencies about how the money should be spent and then go through legislative procedures to deliver that fund.

On top of that, Seoul is preparing its food aid to the North separately.

"The government will collect opinions from the public and review options of whether to provide food aid directly to the North or indirectly through an international organization."

Seoul's unification minister met last week with religious and civic groups and local experts, and will meet with university heads and religious leaders this week to discuss the issue.
On Monday, Kim Yeon-chul met with Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong.

"Those who had sour ties were politicians and the governments. For ordinary citizens, being able to eat and live is a more important issue, and I think it's wrong to use food as weapons and threaten each other."

There's been no response yet from the North on Seoul's humanitarian aid announcement.
For the past three days, Pyeongyang's propaganda outlets have only urged the South to (quote)"stop depending on foreign forces," criticizing Seoul's recent bilateral working group meeting with Washington.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.
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