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21 Dec 2009 description
report Xinhua

SEOUL, Dec 21, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- South Korea plans to assist the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in fighting drug- resistant tuberculosis, local media reported on Tuesday, citing an unnamed high-ranking government official.

Following the decision, the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Ministry of Unification are set to discuss details on the planned aid, according to reports.

Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan on Monday reportedly met with an official at the Eugene Bell Foundation, a humanitarian aid group that has led campaigns to help …

04 Nov 2009 description
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SEOUL, Nov 04, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- South Korea's Red Cross said Wednesday it will meet with local pharmaceutical companies to ask for medical donations which will be used for humanitarian aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

"The North side (the DPRK) has yet to reply, but it'd be difficult to get the preparations done after receiving an answer," Song Soon-hwa, a Red Cross spokeswoman, said.

According to Song, the Red Cross is to request representatives from 17 local pharmaceutical companies on the type and quantity of medicine they …

27 May 2009 description
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PYONGYANG, May 27, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced Wednesday that it will no longer stand by the ceasefire agreement ending the 1950-53 Korean War, in response to South Korea's participation to the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI).

The DPRK's military said in a statement that it no longer considers itself bound by the armistice that ended the Korean War, a move seen as a strong protest over the South Korea's participation of the U.S.-led program.

The DPRK took South Korea's total participation to the …

23 Dec 2008 description
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WASHINGTON, Dec 23, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) --The United States will continue to offer food aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ( DPRK), State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said on Tuesday.

A U.S.

04 Sep 2008 description
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PYONGYANG, Sep 04, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- The Meteorological Bureau of China handed over some meteorological equipment to the Meteorological and Hydrological Bureau of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday.

The equipment, provided under an emergency disaster cooperation program and another cooperation program of the World Meteorological Organization, included pluviometers and fluviographs.

The donation will be helpful to boosting the level of weather forecasting of the DPRK, said Kao Il Hun, director of the DPRK Meteorological and …

08 Jul 2008 description
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PYONGYANG, Jul 08, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Russia's promised food aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been shipped to a border city in the DPRK, the official KCNA news agency reported Wednesday.

The aid, whose quantity was unspecified in the report, arrived at Sinuiju in the DPRK's northern Phyongan Province Monday.

Distributed through the World Food Program at the DPRK, the aid represented the friendship between Russia and the DPRK and was an " encouragement" to the DPRK people, the report said.

The Russian government …

15 May 2008 description
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SEOUL, May 15, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- South Korea's ruling party on Thursday asked the government to provide unconditional food aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The government should help those people in DPRK by providing unconditional humanitarian aid, said Ahn Sang-soo, floor leader of the ruling Grand National Party(GNP).

The administration of President Lee Myung-bak, who took office in February, said earlier Thursday that it will set aside about 10 billion won (9.5 million U.S. dollars) for this year to support NGOs helping DPRK.

12 May 2008 description
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SEOUL, May 12, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- South Korean and U.S. officials will meet in Washington on Tuesday to discuss humanitarian food assistance to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported on Monday.

A South Korean delegation consisting of officials from the ministries of foreign affairs and unification will be briefed about last week's visit to Pyongyang by a U.S. team, Yonhap said.

The U.S.

23 Jan 2008 description
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MOSCOW, Jan 23, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Russia has shipped 50,000 tons of fuel oil to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to implement a six-nation agreement on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, RIA news agency reported on Wednesday.

"The last batch (of the fuel oil) was shipped from our tanker to a Korean port yesterday," a spokesman for the state-controlled oil company Rosneft was quoted as saying.

The fuel aid was provided under an agreement reached last October at the six-party talks in Beijing in which the DPRK agreed to disable its nuclear …

13 Sep 2007 description
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CANBERRA, Sept 13, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer on Thursday announced that Australia will boost its support of flood victims in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) with a further 2 million Australian dollars (1.67 million U.S. dollars) of emergency relief.

The latest assistance is in addition to 2 million dollars in food aid announced in last August.

It also follows recent U.N.

10 Sep 2007 description
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SEOUL, Sept 10, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- South Korea delivered on Monday the first batch of its emergency aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to help the country to cope with damage from flash floods.

"We sent 30 5-ton trucks to the North (DPRK) via the overland route in the morning.

06 Sep 2007 description
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PYONGYANG, Sept 6, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Yang Hyong Sop, deputy top legislator of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on Thursday thanked Chinese government for providing emergency aid to flooded areas across the country.

Yang, Vice-President of the Presidium of the supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, expressed the gratitude in the meeting with a Chinese culture delegation headed by the Chinese Deputy Culture Minister Zhou Heping.

"I believe such aid will contribute much in the process of reconstruction", Yang said.

After the meeting, Zhou …

05 Sep 2007 description
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PYONGYANG, Sept 5, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday thanked the international community for providing emergency aid to the flooded area of the country, the official news agency reported.

"This time the DPRK received medicines and other emergency aid materials given by international organizations including the UN and many countries including China, the United States, the EU, Russia, Australia and Egypt with sincerity," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted a spokesman of DPRK Foreign Ministry as …

30 Aug 2007 description
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BEIJING, Aug 30, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Chinese government decided to provide humanitarian aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) which is suffering serious flood caused by heavy rain, announced foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao on Thursday.

"Chinese government pays great attention to the situation in the DPRK and decided to provide humanitarian aid such as medicine and equipment to help the flood victims to overcome difficulties and rebuild their homes," Liu said.

The heavy rain, which started on August 7, caused huge losses of life and …

15 Aug 2007 description
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PYONGYANG, Aug 15, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday appealed for international emergency aid as continuous heavy rains have caused huge damage to this country's grain production.

"Now, we very very much need emergency aid from the international community to help our people to rebuild their homes, " said Dong Chang-sen, deputy director of the Bog Cang county, 112 km northeast of Pyongyang.

Since Aug.

26 Jul 2007 description
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SEOUL, Jul 26, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) ended their general-level military talks on Thursday without any progress.

"The South (South Korea) seems not to be ready for talks. So to speak, we reached a conclusion that it cannot be a dialogue partner," said DPRK chief negotiator Kim Young-cho after the three- day talks at the truce village of Panmunjom.

While Kim's South Korean counterpart Maj. Gen.

02 Jul 2007 description
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SEOUL, Jul 2, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The South Korean government said Monday it will contribute 20 million-U.S. dollar worth emergency food aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) through the World Food Program (WFP).

"We will make efforts to facilitate food aid to the North (DPRK) via WFP and improve efficiency through assessment," said a statement of the Unification Ministry.

The latest South Korean food aid to DPRK through the WFP is separated from 400,000 tons of rice assistance that the government plans to ship to DPRK in the coming months, the …

18 May 2006 description
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PYONGYANG, May 18, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday met with Han Wan-sang, president of the South Korean Red Cross, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

16 Dec 2005 description
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UNITED NATIONS, Dec 16, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) rejects any UN resolution on human rights criticizing the country, DPRK's UN Ambassador Pak Gil Yon said here Friday.

23 Apr 2005 description
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SEOUL, Apr 23, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- South Korea is sending a ship of equipment and supplies to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to help the latter combat bird flu outbreak.