Thursday, 23rd October 2014

S. Korea proposes high-level talks with DPRK


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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (Centre) inspecting the machine plant managed by Jon Tong Ryol at undisclosed place in North Korea. This undated picture was released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 10, 2014.  AFP PHOTO/ KCNA via KNS  South Korea offered the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday to hold the senior- level inter-Korean talks on Aug. 19 at the truce village of Panmunjom.

"The government sent a proposal under the name of Kim Kyou-hyun, chief delegate of South Korea to the North via the inter-Korean communications channel this morning, proposing to hold the second inter-Korean high-level meeting," Seoul's Unification Ministry said in a statement.

South Korea proposed to hold the meeting on Aug. 19, considering the preparation time, and called for the DPRK to suggest a convenient date if necessary.

Seoul offered to meet at Tongilgak, the administrative building on the DPRK side of Panmunjom.

The ministry said it delivered its stance to Pyongyang to discuss mutual interests, including the family reunions, at the high-level dialogue.

S. Korea to offer 13.3 mln USD aid to DPRK via international agencies

South Korea will offer 13.3 million U.S. dollars of humanitarian aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) through international agencies, Seoul's Unification Ministry said Monday.

Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Eui-do told a routine press briefing that the ministry will tap the Inter-Korean Cooperation Fund for aid to projects of the World Food Program (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for health services of mothers and children in the DPRK.

The government will provide 7 million U.S. dollars for the WFP to improve nutritional assistance to pregnant women and children in the DPRK, while offering 6.3 million U.S. dollars to the WHO for essential medicine, enhanced clinics and the training of health manpower there.

It will be the first time since 2007 that South Korea offers assistance to the DPRK through the WFP. In 2007, the country provided 20 million U.S. dollars for the agency. Last year, Seoul gave 6.05 million U.S. dollars to the WHO for aid to Pyongyang.

The new aid came as a follow-up measure on President Park Geun- hye's signature "Dresden Initiative." When Park traveled to the former East German city of Dresden in March, she made the three- point initiative to the DPRK such as humanitarian aid to mothers and children in the DPRK, infrastructure development and broader inter-Korean exchange in non-political areas.

The spokesman said the assistance to the WFP and the WHO "is closely related with" the package project for the DPRK's mothers and children seen in the Dresden Initiative. SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Xinhua)


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