South Korean aid groups head to Pyongyang

World | 27 Nov 2018 7:52 pm

South Korea has allowed a major aid group to visit North Korea this week to discuss ways to expand humanitarian aid to the impoverished country, the organization said today.

The unification ministry gave the green light to the Seoul-based Korean Sharing Movement for 14 of its officials to visit North Korea for four days starting tomorrow, it said.

They plan to meet with North Korean officials to discuss future projects that could take off if international sanctions are relaxed.

It will be the group's first visit to the North since October 2012. The civic organization has been involved in humanitarian aid for North Korea since 1996.

Kang Young Sik, secretary-general of the organization, said their discussions will be focused on resuming and expanding cooperation with the North in various areas, including health, agriculture and reforestation.

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