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Seoul to Give 100,000 Tons of Rice to North Korea

August 22, 2006
"The decision was made based on pure humanitarian considerations on flood damage in the North and calls from (South Korea's) civic organizations and politicians"
- Vice Unification Minister Shin Un-sang

Seoul, Korea - The government will begin shipping 100,000 tons of rice and other emergency relief supplies to North Korea before the end of this month to help repair damages from recent flooding there, a senior government official said Sunday.

The one-time emergency relief aid will be the first shipment of Seoul's government assistance to the North since the suspension of its periodic humanitarian aid for the impoverished state.

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