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SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Yonhap) — South Korea said Thursday that it is considering providing US$8 million in aid to North Korea via U.N. agencies on the belief that humanitarian help should be handled separately from political considerations.
The government plans to hold a meeting on inter-Korean cooperation next Thursday to finalize whether to offer assistance to infants and pregnant women in North Korea, according to Seoul’s unification ministry.
The previous conservative government suspended its aid to the North through U.N. agencies after the North’s nuclear and missile tests in 2016.
Seoul’s move comes at a delicate time when the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) recently slapped new tougher sanctions over Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test.
A ministry official cited urgency in humanitarian situations facing those who are vulnerable in the impoverished country.