SKorea approves $6 million in aid for NKorea

AP News
Posted: Aug 06, 2013 4:54 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has approved $6 million in government aid for vaccines, medical care and food for North Korean children. Seoul says it's the first such humanitarian aid set aside for Pyongyang since President Park Geun-hye took office in February.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said Tuesday that it will send UNICEF the money Wednesday. Seoul last provided aid through the U.N. agency in 2011.

Park has vowed a tough response to any North Korean provocations but has also worked to build trust and encourage dialogue.

The aid comes as the Koreas remain deadlocked over efforts to restart a jointly-run factory park in North Korea that has been shuttered since Pyongyang withdrew its workers in April.

Pyongyang hasn't responded to a call by Seoul in late July for another round of talks.