Rice to head North in Oct.

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Rice to head North in Oct.

South Korea’s Red Cross will begin the shipment of 5,000 tons of rice and other aid materials next month to North Korea, which was battered by summer floods, officials said yesterday.

The rice shipment will depart from the port of Gunsan, North Jeolla, on Oct. 25 and will be delivered to the North Korean city of Sinuiju, bordering China via Dandong, an adjacent Chinese town, a Ministry of Unification official said. Other aid items to be sent in stages are 10,000 tons of cement, 3 million packs of instant noodles and some medical goods. The South has ruled out the shipment of construction equipment, which the North requested, taking into account the possibility of the equipment being used for military purposes. YONHAP
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