South Korea Sends Hand Sanitizer Aid to the North

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South Korea is helping the communist North fight the H1N1 swine flu. 20 trucks traveled to the North delivering hand sanitizer to help prevent the spread of the virus.

South Korea delivered $870-thousand dollars worth of hand sanitizer aid to North Korea to help combat an outbreak of H1N1, also known as swine flu.

Early in the morning on Tuesday, 20 trucks carrying around 53-thousand gallons of hand sanitizer crossed the border and arrived in Kaesong, where a joint industrial complex is located.

North Korea recently reported to the World Heath Organization "some" North Koreans have been infected with H1N1 virus, but no deaths have been reported.

North Korea cut almost all ties with the South in anger at the policies of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who took office in February 2008 and ended a steady stream of unconditional handouts to the North.

In the past few months, North Korea has reached out to adversaries South Korea and the United States.

Pyongyang has also recently signaled it’s ready to resume stalled international nuclear disarmament talks.

South Korea once supplied more than $1 billion a year in aid to North Korea including massive food handouts to help it battle persistent food shortages.

President Lee shifted policy in October when his government said it was resuming humanitarian aid and planned to send 10-thousand tons of corn across the border. Lee has said he would send massive aid when the North scraps its arms program.

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