SEOUL-- South Korea held a meeting with the World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday to discuss its plan to provide humanitarian assistance to North Korea and rice aid to other developing countries, the foreign ministry said.
South Korea in September approved a plan to offer $8 million in aid to North Korea via UNICEF and the WFP regardless of the current security tension.
In the third South Korea-WFP policy consultative meeting in Seoul, South Korea informed the U.N. organization of the decision, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said. Seoul also told the WFP the delivery date will be determined in the future after considering the condition of inter-Korean relations and other related matters.
The Korean side also called for the WFP's systemic and thorough monitoring of the distribution of humanitarian assistance, citing concerns that North Korea could misappropriate outside assistance.
The WFP welcomed the decision and accepted the request for monitoring, according to the official.
Also discussed at the meeting were South Korea's plans to provide surplus rice to developing countries as well as to create more jobs for Koreans at the international organization, the ministry said.
The ministry also signed agreements to provide US$2.5 million to each of two WFP projects.
Source: Yonhap News Agency