South Korea approves aid to neighbour despite tension

2010-06-09 08:56

South Korea yesterday approved two aid shipments of baby formula to

North Korea despite rising tensions over the sinking of one of Seoul’s


The unification ministry, which must authorise all cross-border

exchanges, said the shipments of milk and other items totalling $320 000 would

be sent late this month.

The south cut off most trade – it exempted humanitarian aid – with

the north after accusing its neighbour of firing a torpedo in March to sink one

of its warships. At least 46 lives were lost.

The impoverished north suffers severe food shortages.

The UN Children’s Fund says one in three of children is stunted by


The north denies any role in the sinking of the ship and says

reprisals could spark war.

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