September 24, 2021

South Korea greenlights first aid to DPRK since Sept. 2020

The move follows recent thaw in inter-Korean relations after hotlines restored

South Korea has approved requests to send private humanitarian aid to North Korea for the first time since last September, the unification ministry announced on Friday, though it remains unclear whether Pyongyang will accept any outside aid due to fears of COVID-19 infection.

The move follows the surprise thawing of inter-Korean relations earlier this week when the two Koreas announced that they reestablished key communication channels. North Korea said it would sever the hotlines in June 2020, around the time it blew up the joint liaison office complaining of anti-DPRK leaflets flown into the country.