Friday, January 27, 2012

South Korea allows group to deliver aid to NKorea (AP)

PAJU, South Korea ? South Korea allowed members of a private group to accompany aid to North Korea for the first time Friday since leader Kim Jong Il died last month.

Associated Press video from the border city of Paju showed a column of trucks transporting 180 tons of flour across the border.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said members of a private group were traveling with the aid, which is intended for children. Seoul allowed a shipment of aid earlier this month but no civilians accompanied it.

South Koreans are not allowed to visit the North without government permission.

The aid comes as North Korea unites around Kim Jong Un after his father died of a heart attack. North Korea has said since Kim Jong Il's death that it will not deal with South Korea's current government.

South Korea has cut off large-scale official food aid to North Korea since conservative President Lee Myung-bak took office in 2008. Lee says North Korea should first take steps toward nuclear disarmament.


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