South Korea has sent hepatitis B vaccines to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the latest indication of improving cross-border ties, local media reported Tuesday.
Two batches of vaccines worth 1.06 billion won (US$ 941,280) were delivered to the DPRK last week and earlier this week by relief agencies based here, according to Yonhap News Agency.
Yonhap said the offer does not contradict sanctions South Korea imposed on the DPRK last year following two deadly border incidents that killed 50 South Koreans.
The sanctions suspended nearly all exchanges between the two Koreas, allowing only occasional humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable.
In a similar move, Seoul resumed earlier this month humanitarian aid to its northern neighbor through the World Health Organization.