US sending aid to North Korea

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Posted: Sep 02, 2011 11:43 PM
US sending aid to North Korea

The U.S. has sent a cargo plane of emergency supplies to North Korea as part of a modest but symbolically significant contribution to the impoverished country's flood relief effort.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the plane is carrying blankets, soap and hygiene kits. It will arrive in Pyongyang this weekend.

The U.S. has said it will provide $900,000 in emergency aid to North Korea through U.S. charities.

It's the latest sign of a thaw in relations. Negotiations recently restarted on North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Heavy rainfall pounded the Korean peninsula in July. North Korean media said last month that flooding killed about 30 people and left thousands homeless.

Some nations have been leery of helping for fear aid could be diverted to North Korea's political elite or military.