Seoul: South Korea has approved USD 6 million in government aid for vaccines, medical care and food for North Korean children. Seoul says it`s the first such humanitarian aid set aside for Pyongyang since President Park Geun-hye took office in February.
Seoul`s Unification Ministry said today that it will send UNICEF the money tomorrow. Seoul last provided aid through the UN agency in 2011.
Park has vowed a tough response to any North Korean provocations but has also worked to build trust and encourage dialogue.
The aid comes as the Koreas remain deadlocked over efforts to restart a jointly-run factory park in North Korea that has been shuttered since Pyongyang withdrew its workers in April. Pyongyang hasn`t responded to a call by Seoul in late July for another round of talks.