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S. Korea mulls over $6 mln assistance for N. Korea's census

2017/07/14 17:43

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SEOUL, July 14 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government is considering around US$6 million of financial support for North Korea to help finance the communist neighbor's planned census, the first in a decade, an official here said Friday.

"(We) are in consultation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on the issue of assistance for the census," the Unification Ministry official said on the condition of anonymity. "The UNFPA wants our government to offer some $6 million."

   The North is planning a preliminary survey of its population in October with technical support from the UNFPA. The census is slated for next year.

It would mark the North's first census since 2008, when Seoul provided Pyongyang with $4 million from its inter-Korean cooperation fund.

The South believes the North's population data is helpful in efforts to understand the reclusive communist state and its push for inter-Korean projects.