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South’s fertilizer shipped to North

Feb 28,2006
A South Korean vessel carrying the first shipment of South Korea’s fertilizer aid to North Korea left yesterday for Nampo port. The 3,900-ton “Pioneer Kona” left Yeosu port, 455 kilometers southwest of Seoul, shortly after 10 a.m., carrying 6,000 tons of fertilizer.
The shipment is the first of 150,000 tons Seoul has agreed to provide to the impoverished North for its spring crop. The Pioneer Kona is expected to arrive at the North Korean port on Thursday, according to officials at Seoul’s Unification Ministry.
The shipment follows a request for aid by the North earlier in the month. It also asked for an additional 300,000 tons of fertilizer later in the year.
The South Korean government has yet to decide whether it will provide the additional 300,000 tons, according to ministry officials.


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