South Korea Allows Aid Group To Visit North Korea

By Salon Staff

Published January 20, 2012 11:18AM (EST)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it is allowing a group of civilians to visit North Korea with a shipment of aid.

The Unification Ministry said Friday the group will take 180 tons of flour to North Korea next week. Seoul allowed a shipment of aid earlier this month but no civilians accompanied it.

South Koreans are not allowed to visit the North without government permission.

The latest shipment comes as North Korea makes a push to unite around new leader Kim Jong Un.

The North has said since Kim Jong Il's death last month that it will not deal with South Korea's current government.

South Korea has cut off large-scale food aid to North Korea since conservative President Lee Myung-bak took office in 2008. Lee says North Korea should first take steps toward nuclear disarmament.

Salon Staff

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