January 31, 2012 08:59
China has reportedly sent hundreds of thousands of tons of rice to North Korea to help the Stalinist country maintain stability after leader Kim Jong-il's death.
Do Hee-yoon of South Korean activist group Citizens' Coalition for Human Rights of Abductees and North Korean Refugees on Monday said thousands of Chinese cargo trucks carrying bags of rice entered the North between Jan. 9 and right before the Lunar New Year holidays. As proof, he showed pictures taken near the customs office in Tumen in the Chinese province of Jilin on Jan. 12 .
The pictures show 30-ton cargo trucks with bags of rice standing in lines on both sides of the road near the customs office waiting their turn to enter the North; and workers moving sacks of rice from truck to truck. "It was carried out with lightning speed like a military operation," Do added.
The Tokyo Shimbun reported Monday that China decided to supply the North with 500,000 tons of food and 250,000 tons of crude oil right after Kim's death.
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