December 07, 2023

Seoul approves food aid to North Korea after Kim Jong Un warns of shortages

Yoon administration greenlights second request from private group to send aid to DPRK, but Pyongyang unlikely to accept

South Korea has approved a request from a private party to send food-related aid to North Korea days after Pyongyang adopted a “crucial” new agriculture policy to address shortages. 

The unification ministry said the aid consists of $346,000 of “nutritional” goods but did not provide further details including which group is involved. Seoul does not typically disclose such information out of concern that doing so may influence North Korea’s decision on whether to accept the aid.