Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

South Korea intends to provide humanitarian aid to the DPRK

South Korea intends to provide humanitarian aid to the DPRK

Mr. Trump's speech "reaffirmed that North Korea should be made to realise denuclearisation is the only way to the future through utmost sanctions and pressure", it said.

South Korean President Moon Jae In called on Thursday (Sept 21) for the North Korean nuclear crisis to be handled in a stable manner, so that peace was not destroyed. It followed a sixth nuclear detonation by the North on September 3, which the communist regime claimed was the test of a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on a missile.

South Korea's unification ministry emphasized humanitarian aid shouldn't be affected by the North's worldwide political tensions.

The first and obvious problem, Eberstadt said, is that offering aid sends a mixed message, one that might result in "a separation of allies at a time when [the North] should be penalized".

"By offering a token $8 million of humanitarian assistance to the U.N., South Korea is signaling that it has not completely shut the door for engagement, humanitarian or otherwise", said Andrew Yeo, an associate professor of politics at the Catholic University of America, in Washington.

The aid will go toward the WFP's nutritional programs for children and expectant mothers as well as UNICEF's vaccinations, essential medicine and treatments targeting children and pregnant women.

The implementation of the aid was expected to be delayed as tensions ran high on the Korean Peninsula after Pyongyang's continuous nuclear and missile provocations.

"Today, we estimate that around 200,000 children are affected by acute malnutrition, heightening their risk of death and increasing rates of stunting", Reuters quoted as saying. "And they do not deserve to suffer for situations entirely beyond their control", she said, adding North Korean children "are no exception".

Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea speaks during the 72nd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in NY on September 21,2017.

The ministry said the assistance doesn't include cash and there's "realistically no possibility" that the North could use it to support its military.

Trump stopped short of going after North Korea's biggest trading partner, China, praising as "tremendous" the central bank's move ordering Chinese banks to stop doing business with North Korea.

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