남한은 거의 1년 동안 중단했던 대북 쌀 지원을 재개해  쌀 3천 톤을 실은 남한 선박이 30일,  북한 남포항에 도착할 예정입니다.

남한은 북한에 40만 톤의 쌀을 차관으로 지원하기로 약속했었으나 북한의 지난 해 7월, 미사일 시험발사후  약 1년 동안 약속 이행을 중지했었습니다. 북한은 미사일 시험발사에 이어 10월에 핵폭발 실험을 단행했습니다.

 남한은 북한에 대한 비료와 다른 비상원조는 지난 3월말쯤 약속대로 제공했으나 쌀 지원은 북한이 6자회담의 2-13 합의 사항을 이행할 때까지 보류했었습니다.

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South Korea is resuming its rice aid to North Korea today (Saturday) after nearly a one-year suspension, now that Pyongyang is moving to dismantle its nuclear program.

A ship with three-thousand tons of rice is to arrive in the North today (at the eastern port of Nampo) - the first batch of 400-thousand tons promised by South Korea.

Seoul suspended its regular rice aid after North Korea conducted missile tests last July. A nuclear test followed in October.

South Korea resumed shipments of fertilizer and other emergency aid to the North in late March, but decided to withhold rice aid until Pyongyang began to carry out its February pledge to shut down its main nuclear reactor.

North Korea has relied heavily on international aid, particularly from South Korea, since the North's economy was devastated by natural disasters and mismanagement in the mid-1990s.