South Korea is considering to allow civil groups to send rice aid to North Korea as emergency aid, said a senior official Sunday (09/05/2010).
If agreed, it would be a symbolic gesture when South Korea refused to allow the rice sent to North Korea since President Lee Myung-bak took office in February 2008, implementing assistance policies associated with the advancement of Pyongyang's disarmament efforts.
One South Korean aid group is currently seeking government approval to send 100 tonnes of rice to North Korea after torrential rains last month, which caused dozens of people dead and destroying farm fields in the communist country.
"In the case of civilian aid is emergency assistance, whether it included flour, corn or rice, the government believes it is positive," said the official told reporters, who asked not to be quoted by name and position.
South Korean Red Cross last week to propose to North Korea's Red Cross that it will send aid worth 10 billion won (8.4 million dollars), to aid flood out of rice.
The offer came amid high tensions between the two countries, which are still technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice.