The Ministry of Unification said on the 2nd that it had approved the export of aid items to North Korea by private organizations regarding the new coronavirus infection (Corona19). This is the first time that the government has approved a private humanitarian aid to North Korea by the government after the Corona 19 incident.
An official from the Ministry of Unification met reporters at the Seoul Government Complex on this day and said, “I approved the export of March 31 to a group that applied for the application with the (North Korea Support Project) requirement.” It is worth about 100 million won, and the funding is provided by the organization that applied for it with the requirements. ”
The officials explained that it is difficult to reveal the name of the group that has been approved for export, or the route and timing of the export, as the group is currently seeking to keep it closed for smooth operation of the project.
However, he said, “I think whether it is similar to the route used by international organizations in the Corona 19 situation,” he said. “There is no normal period, but considering the nature of the North Korean aid, I think the organization will try to deliver it in the fastest way.” It was added.
The official responded to the question, “Are there any additional supervisory procedures that the government needs to do in the process of supplying supplies to North Korea?”
Previously, the government signed an agreement with the North in accordance with the 'Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Act', 'Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Fund Act', and 'Regulations on the Handling of Humanitarian Assistance Projects and Cooperation Projects' in order for the Korean private organizations to promote the North Korean support project. ▲ Financial resources ▲ Securing concrete materials ▲ Transportation plans ▲ It has been stated that it must meet the requirements of securing transparency in distribution.
Currently, there are more organizations that have applied to the government to approve North Korea-supported goods, but it has been reported that the approval requirements have not yet been met.
On the other hand, the official said, “I think that inter-Korean health cooperation is basically necessary.” In relation to the government-level aid to North Korea, he said, “We will comprehensively review the relevant matters and judge the direction of implementation in a timely and appropriate manner.”