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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Seoul Lifts Rice Ban

SEOUL, South Korea () -- In a fresh goodwill gesture to North Korea, South Korea on Monday lifted a ban on private organizations providing rice to the impoverished nation.

Seoul will also permit local business groups to join food aid programs for communist North Korea, the National Unification Ministry said.

In the past, only local religious and human rights groups and individual South Koreans could ship nonrice food aid to the North. Seoul had in the past banned shipments of rice, saying it could be diverted to the military.