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South Korea to send food aid to North

South Korea said Sunday it would give 400,000 tons of rice to impoverished North Korea despite the communist government’s failure to meet a deadline to shut down its nuclear reactor. South Korea will ship the first batch of rice aid in late May under an agreement reached in marathon negotiations overnight in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. The move was seen as a setback in South Korea’s attempt to use food aid as leverage to pressure the North to honor its pledge to shut down the reactor under the Feb. 13 nuclear disarmament deal with the U.S. and its regional partners. There were no preconditions for Seoul’s aid to the North, according to the agreement. Full Story

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