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SKorea approves WHO medicine shipment to NKorea

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Posted: Nov 08, 2011 5:23 AM
SKorea approves WHO medicine shipment to NKorea

South Korea has lifted its block on donating medicine to North Korea via the World Health Organization, amid signs of easing tensions between the countries.

South Korea previously donated to a WHO program to send medicine and medical supplies to the North. It asked the organization to suspend the contribution after Pyongyang allegedly torpedoed a South Korean warship last year. Pyongyang denies any role in the sinking.

The South Korean government said Tuesday that it has accepted WHO's request for using its remaining donation totaling about $7 million.

There have been recent glimmers of hope on the Korean peninsula, with diplomats seeking to restart nuclear disarmament talks and Seoul easing restrictions on civilian travel to the North.