South Korea has offered large scale aid to Pyongyang after massive flooding devastates areas along North Korea's border with China. The aid may lead to a temporary thaw in recent tension.
Heavy flooding, which has devastated North Korea, may lead to a temporary thaw in tensions with the South.
Seoul has announced an offer of some 8.4 million dollars in flood recovery aid to Pyongyang.
Torrential rains in July and August triggered the flooding along North Korea's border with China.
Thousands fled their homes and huge swaths of farmland became submerged.
Poor infrastructure in the rural North has compounded the devastation and hampered recovery efforts.
South Korea's government offers the flood aid at a time of rising tensions with the North.
Seoul accuses North Korea of torpedoing and sinking a Southern naval ship.
The U.S. and South Korea demand the North's admission of the attack before they'll resume nuclear disarmament talks with Pyongyang.
If the North accepts the flood relief it will be the first large scale aid from South Korea since the sinking incident.
The two countries are technically still at war since the Korean War ended without a peace treaty in 1953.