S. Korea sends medicine, aid equipment to N. Korea


South Korea on Wednesday shipped medical aid to North Korea to help stem the spread of foot-and-mouth disease in the communist country, the Unification Ministry said.

The shipment includes six types of medicine and five types of medical equipment worth about 280 million won (US$280,000), the ministry said in a statement.

Last Thursday, South Korea endorsed its package of emergency aid worth 3.3 billion won for the North, which has culled hundreds of cows and thousands of pigs infected by the disease since July.

South Korea plans to make additional shipments after the two sides hold a working-level meeting of quarantine officials in the North Korean border city of Kaesong on Friday.

The World Organization for Animal Health confirmed the outbreak, and South Korea has proposed to support the North’s quarantine measures. 


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