Humanitarian Group to Travel to N.Korea Next Month

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A civilian group of both progressive and conservative NGO officials will travel to North Korea next month.

A Cheong Wa Dae official said Wednesday that the Korean Sharing Movement applied for permission to visit North Korea, and Chung Eui-yong, the head of the Cheong Wa Dae security team, is minded to approve the request.

Once the Unification Ministry authorizes the trip, they will be joined by a 17-member delegation led by Minjoo Party lawmaker Won Hye-young and People's Party lawmaker Chung Jung-bae on June 10.

The group will be staying in North Korea for four days to deliver medicine, nutritional supplements and clothes.

"The Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye administrations said they would not prohibit humanitarian support for the North, but actual aid did shrink," Won told the Chosun Ilbo.