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South Korea in talks with WFP to redeem money sent for North Korea rice aid

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  • 송고시간 2020-12-01 03:30
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"We've pushed ahead to provide the North with 50,000 tons of rice through WFP, but there has been no change as of now," Yoh Sang-key, the ministry's spokesperson, told a briefing.(File photo by=Getty Images)

[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] The unification ministry said Monday that it is in talks with the World Food Programme (WFP) to redeem the money it sent for a project to provide rice assistance to North Korea after Pyongyang rejected the offer.

In June last year, the ministry announced a plan to provide 50,000 tons of rice to North Korea through the WFP and sent the organization around US$11.6 million to cover transportation, equipment, and monitoring costs. The plan, however, has since been stalled as the North rejected the assistance offered in protest over joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States.


"We've pushed ahead to provide the North with 50,000 tons of rice through WFP, but there has been no change as of now," Yoh Sang-key, the ministry's spokesperson, told a briefing. "The government is conducting discussions with this international organization to redeem $11.77 million of operating costs," Yoh said the government aims to redeem the money by year's end.