SEOUL, April 09. /ITAR-TASS/. The government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) has approved the shipment of a batch of humanitarian aid supplies to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) despite the current aggravation of inter-Korean relations, the ROK Unification Ministry, which is in charge of the entire spectrum of relations between the North and South, reported on Wednesday.
"The private-owned group Somging (devotion) has been given the go-ahead for the shipment of medicines to a sum of 17 million won ($16,200) to maternity homes of Hamgyong-Pukto Province," the Ministry official said.
In result, the scope of overall private humanitarian aid to the North will amount to 1.95 billion won (about $1.9 million) since the beginning of the current year.
Last year, this indicator was 5.1 billion won (almost $4.9 million). Besides, the South Korean government sent 13.5 billion won ($12.9 million) worth of humanitarian aid through the channels of international organizations.