The government has decided to give support to North Korea worth US$8 million in programs helping its vulnerable people including children and pregnant women indirectly through international organizations. It, however, has not decided when to start sending money and exactly how. This is interpreted as a choice to deflect criticism that it is undertaking an aid project at a time when North Korea is causing an international storm by launching a series of missile tests.
On September 21, the government held a consultative meeting for inter-Korean exchange and cooperation and approved an agenda to provide $8 million to programs such as those for North Korean mothers and children' health and nutrition by way of the UNICEF and the World Food Program.
The programs for which the Korean government will support include the food provision program for children and pregnant women under the World Food Program ($4.5 million) and the program to provide vaccines, basic drugs, and malnutrition supplements under the UNICEF ($3.5 million). This is the first program under the Moon Jae-in administration.