September 29, 2020

Protesting upcoming joint drills, North Korea may reject food aid from South: MOU

Seoul still needs to confirm Pyongyang's "official position," government stresses

The World Food Programme (WFP) has learned that North Korea likely intends to reject a planned food aid package from the South Korean government, the Ministry of Unification (MOU) confirmed on Wednesday.

In a move reportedly intended as a protest against an upcoming joint U.S.-ROK military drill, the admission sees Seoul confirm earlier reports in local newspaper the Kyunghyang Shinmun that Pyongyang has "expressed its intent to refuse to receive 50,000 tons of domestic rice."