May 27, 1997 in Nation/World

Two Koreas Agree On Food Shipments

Compiled From Wire Services

Red Cross officials from rival North and South Korea overcame politics by agreeing Monday to send 50,000 tons of food to the hunger-stricken North by August.

The food, mostly corn, amounts to a six-month supply for 600,000 people - more than four times the number of North Koreans currently receiving Red Cross aid, the agency said.

About one-third of the promised aid - 15,000 tons - already is being shipped by train from China, Red Cross spokesman Johan Schaar said.

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