March 29, 2023

Seoul approves over $4M in private humanitarian aid to North Korea in 2022

South Korea says it approved 12th shipment in December, though DPRK has rejected most assistance during pandemic

South Korea greenlit a shipment of humanitarian aid for North Korea worth around $240,000 (300 million won) in December, the unification ministry said Tuesday, without providing further details about the assistance or how much aid was successfully delivered in 2022.

This brings the total number of approvals for private organizations to send assistance to the DPRK to 12 shipments last year, amounting to almost $4.4 million (5.52 billion won). Five of these came under the Yoon Suk-yeol administration, which took office in May.