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Monday, 23 April, 2001, 12:53 GMT 13:53 UK
South Korea sends aid to North

South Korea has agreed to send fertiliser to the authorities in Pyongyang amid persistent fears that North Korea is facing another year of severe food shortages.

The South has yet to announce how much aid it is sending, but North Korea has asked for 200,000 tonnes of fertiliser.

Last week the World Food Programme said poor harvests meant that the North was two million tonnes short of the grain needed to feed its people.

Hundreds of thousands of people are thought to have died in a series of famines in North Korea in recent years.

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