South Korea approves a civic request to send
aid to North Korea… for the first time in five years.
Though there are still heavy economic sanctions imposed on the regime… the latest move signals
that inter－Korean relations may be turning a corner.
Our Kim Ji－yeon has the details. ))
Seoul′s unification ministry gave the green light for Ace Gyeongam ， the foundation
run by South Korean bed maker Ace， to visit North Korea to set up greenhouses there.
The group will cross the border by car on Tuesday and return on Saturday.
The plan includes a provision of 15 tons of fertilizer to the North，… along with materials
needed to build greenhouses，… like vinyl and pipes，… for a total value of roughly
186－thousand U.S. dollars. The ministry says it may also consider allowing
other private aid groups to provide fertilizer to the North，… but says inter－Korean
relations could be a factor in the decision. The delivery of aid related to the agriculture
and forestry sectors comes after a speech made by President Park Geun－hye in Dresden
last year… where she outlined a plan for achieving a breakthrough in frosty inter－Korean
relations. Seoul has banned fertilizer aid to North Korea
since it imposed heavy economic sanctions on the regime following Pyongyang′s torpedo
attack on a South Korean warship in 2010. Kim Ji－yeon， Arirang News.