The South Korean Red Cross informed its North Korean counterpart Tuesday that it is offering emergency aid to flood victims in the North worth W10 billion (US$1=W1,201).


"The aid consists of food, daily necessaries and medicine," said a spokesman for the Red Cross. "Aid goods for the Sinuiju region will be delivered through Dandong, China and those for the Kaesong area by land."


The government was quick to deny it is softening its line on North Korea. "The proposed aid is a temporary and offered for humanitarian reasons, and the suspension on May 24 of all aid to the North in the wake of the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan remain intact," a Unification Ministry official said. "We again made an official proposal detailing the scale of the aid and routes of delivery since there was no response from the North to the offer we made last Thursday."


In 2006, the South gave North Korea W86.3 billion in flood aid, of which the Red Cross provided W76.3 billion, and in 2007 W58.9 billion, of which W54.9 billion came from the Red Cross.

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