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S. Korea anticipates increased humanitarian aid for DPRK under new UN guidelines

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South Korea's Ministry of Unification in charge of inter-Korean affairs anticipated an increased humanitarian aid for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) under new UN guidelines, according to local media reports.

An unnamed ministry official told local reporters Tuesday that the new UN guidelines were anticipated to become an opportunity to resolve difficulties for humanitarian aid to the DPRK and facilities the international community's aid to the DPRK.

The comment came after the UN Security Council adopted a US proposal to facilitate humanitarian assistance for the DPRK Monday (New York time).

In September last year, South Korea planned to provide 8 million US dollars for the World Food Program and the UN Children's Fund UNICEF, which would have spent the money on malnourished mothers and babies in the DPRK.

The plan, however, was halted amid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, caused by the DPRK's nuclear and missile tests.

As detente emerged on the peninsula with the DPRK's summits with South Korea and the United States, Seoul was forecast to resume humanitarian aid projects for Pyongyang under new UN guidelines.

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