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Should the Korean government provide 8 million dollars of aid to North Korea?
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승인 2017.09.15  14:12:42
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The Korean government’s announcement that they are considering giving 8 million dollars to support vulnerable social groups in North Korea has become a huge issue.

Politicians and Korean citizens have criticized the government's decision saying “we also have vulnerable social groups in South Korea.”

The Korean government surely expected the severe opposition.

But there was one thing that they maybe didn’t expect. That another missile would be launched only a few hours after the announcement.

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The decision to provide the money has come in response to requests from international organizations.

The government announced that it shouldn’t be a problem to help North Korea because the money will be given to international organizations will who providing foods, vaccines, drugs, and medicines rather than giving money in cash to North Korea.

But due to the frozen relationship between South and North Korea and North Korea’s previous behavior, many politicians and Korean citizens don’t feel the need to help people in North Korea.

And it got worse.

Today, North Korea launched an IRBM (medium range ballistic missile).

In response, The Blue House (Korea’s presidential house) said that it would not change the humanitarian aid it plans to give to North Korea.

The Blue House official told reporters, "No matter what happens in the future, the government will continue to provide humanitarian aid to North Korea.”

"We will continue to keep sanctions against North Korea, but apart from that, we can continue to provide humanitarian aid," he said.

But it seems the Korean government is facing many obstacles.

The government will decide whether it will provide humanitarian aid to North Korea at a meeting on Sept. 21.

If it decides to give the aid, 4.5 million dollars will be spent through the World Food Program on providing nutritionally fortified food to children and pregnant women, while 3.5 million will be given to UNICEF to be spent on vaccines and essential medicines for children and pregnant women and support for malnutrition.

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