S. Korea allows aid to be sent to N. Korean children

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea approved sending humanitarian aid to North Korean children Wednesday despite its punitive measures on the impoverished country for the deadly sinking of a warship.
North Korea, which has faced chronic food shortages since flooding and mismanagement destroyed its economy in the mid-1990s, typically falls at least 1 million tons short of food every year and relies on outside assistance to feed its 24 million people.
"While South Korea will, in principle, hold off on inter-Korean business projects, we will continue providing purely humanitarian aid for the weak like infants and children," Unification Ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-joo told reporters.
She said about US $3.2 million worth of milk and powdered formula will be sent later this month for children in northern Hamgyong province and a Pyongyang nursery.