S. Korea sends aid to N. Korea after nuclear deal

South Korea sent a shipload of disinfectant and blankets to North Korea on Wednesday in a rush of aid to the impoverished nation after Pyongyang's promise to take initial steps to dismantle its nuclear program. The North's pledge at international disarmament talks last month to shut down its main nuclear reactor put a cap on rising tension since its nuclear test in October, enabling the South to resume economic assistance suspended over the nuclear standoff. Since the Feb. 13 disarmament deal, the South has agreed to ship an array of aid, including fertilizer, construction material and equipment, as well as medical supplies. Seoul started shipping 300,000-tons of fertilizer to the North on Tuesday, marking the formal resumption of aid to its northern neighbor.