In the News – North Korea Warns South Over Military Drill but Accepts Food Aid

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In the News – North Korea Warns South Over Military Drill but Accepts Food Aid

South Korean trucks loaded with sacks of flour for North Koreans left for the North Korean city of Kaesong on Friday.

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Published: January 27, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea warned on Friday that a South Korean military drill around frontline islands could lead to a “full-scale war,” even as it allowed South Korean trucks carrying privatefood aid for North Korean children to cross the border.

One hundred and eighty tons of flour from the Korea Peace Foundation was the first such aid shipment since the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died last month, leaving his youngest son,Kim Jong-un, as his heir and leaving the peninsula jittery.

As the North Korean government has focused on consolidating the leadership succession, it has vowed never to deal with the government of President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea, who has taken a tougher stand on the North than his predecessors did. Continue reading