MOSCOW (Sputnik) – South Korea's Unification Ministry has allowed a private charity fund to send fertilizer to North Korea, in a partial lifting of the ban on large-scale public and private aid to the North imposed in 2010, the Seoul-based Arirang TV reported on Monday.
South Korea's approval of the shipment marks the first time in five years that the country's authorities approved a private group's bid to send fertilizer to North Korea.
Seoul imposed sanctions on the North in May, 2010, over a deadly warship sinking that South Korea blames on Pyongyang. The ban included a prohibition on fertilizer aid to North Korea, although it did allow some forms of medical and food assistance on humanitarian grounds.
North and South Korea are technically in a state of war, as no formal peace treaty has been signed following the 1950-1953 Korean War.