October 01, 2023

Humanitarian aid does not help ‘peaceful unification’ with North Korea: Minister

Kim Yung-ho says aid should transform DPRK in ‘right direction,’ though expert maintains it shouldn’t be conditional

Humanitarian aid to North Korea has not been helpful in achieving the broader goal of "peaceful unification,” South Korea's unification minister Kim Yung-ho said during a plenary session Tuesday.

His remarks come amid major organizational changes in his ministry, including the largest budget cuts in a decade, that refocus resources away from inter-Korean cooperation and dialogue and toward human rights issues.