Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Pentagon Confirms South Korea Actually Considering Nuclear Rearmament

Pentagon Confirms South Korea Actually Considering Nuclear Rearmament

The aid decision was made after a meeting of government officials chaired by Unification Minister Cho Myong-gyon.

The exact timing of when the aid will be sent will be decided later, Yonhap said.

The unification ministry will provide USD$4.5 million to the World Food Program (WFP) for projects providing nutrition-enhancing foods for children in daycare facilities and pediatric wards, as well as for pregnant women. It will also chip in $3.5 million to a project on nutrition and vaccine provisions by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The unification ministry, however, said in a statement that the actual provision of the funds would be implemented after considering overall situations including the inter-Korean relations.

In the aftermath of the North's most recent test, talk of redeploying nuclear weapons in South Korea became more frequent, with conservatives and liberals alike offering their support to the idea.

Seoul stressed that strict monitoring by global agencies will ensure that the supplies of food and medicine would not be diverted by the North for purposes other than helping children and pregnant women.

Humanitarian aid to the DPRK will resume in around 21 months.

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Some showers could linger into Saturday mostly near the GA coast but drier air will be filtering in from the north during the day. Friday's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a 10 percent chance of showers and storms after noon.

The aid package shrank under the conservative administrations of Lee Myung-bak, from 2008 to 2013, and Park Geun-hye, from 2013 to early 2017.

Seoul's decision is expected to invite opposition from Japan, a key regional ally.

The United Nations has imposed multiple rounds of sanctions on the regime, including limiting how much fuel it can be supplied by other countries, but U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley and other members of the Security Council have cautioned that the sanctions are only effective if they are implemented by all members - including China and Russian Federation.

"We have consistently said we would pursue humanitarian aid for North Korea in consideration of the poor conditions children and pregnant women are in there, apart from political issues", said Cho in opening remarks at the meeting. Children are children. They do not have politics.

The ministry said that the global community is sternly responding to North Korea's provocations, but also emphasizing the need to extend humanitarian assistance to North Koreans.

Hulshof said around 200,000 children are suffered from "acute malnutrition, heightening their risk of death and increasing rates of stunting", and that around 350,000 children under five remain unvaccinated against life-threatening diseases.

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