Trump makes 'deplorable' joke in meeting with South Korean president

Pauline Gross
September 22, 2017

The government has chose to provide eight million dollars in aid to North Korea via United Nations organizations.

President Moon Jae-in urged the USA to actively invest in the Korean economy during his meeting with prominent businessmen in NY, as he attends the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly this week.

A senior USA official dismissed the South Korean diplomats' worries about a miscalculation and said a cautious approach by past US administrations had not stopped North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. "China hopes South Korea will make efforts to reduce tension", a report on China's official Xinhua news agency quoted Wang as saying.

South Korea suspended humanitarian aid to North Korea after the country conducted its fourth nuclear test in January 2016. The UN Security Council unanimously passed new sanctions against North Korea in the wake of that test.

The ministry, which oversees cross-border relations, said humanitarian aid to impoverished North Korea should remain unaffected by rising political tensions on the peninsula.

The ministry said the timing of the shipments would be announced at a later date.

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The Ministry of Unification said that a committee chaired by Minister Cho Myoung-gyon approved a plan to offer $3.5 million to UNICEF and $4.5 million to the World Food Program. "Humanitarian aid to North Koreans should continue". "Today, we estimate that around 200,000 children are affected by acute malnutrition, heightening their risk of death and increasing rates of stunting", Hulshof said. "Food and essential medicines and equipment to treat young children are in short supply".

The additional sanctions on Pyongyang showed that Trump was giving more time for economic pressures to weigh on North Korea after warning about the possibility of military action on Tuesday in his first speech to the United Nations.

Moon did not directly criticize Trump - who two days earlier threatened from the same podium to "totally destroy" North Korea - but appealed for calm. However, some experts say that continuing questions about how to respond to North Korea could drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul.

It was Trump's most direct military threat to attack North Korea and his latest expression of concern about Pyongyang's repeated launching of ballistic missiles over Japan and underground nuclear tests.

"We view the speech as portraying a firm and specific stance on the key issues regarding keeping peace and safety that the global community and the United Nations are faced with", Moon's office said in a statement on Wednesday.

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