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Hyundai Motor union to donate aid for North Korea noodle project

Hyundai Motor union to donate aid for North Korea noodle project

Hyundai Motor Co.'s labor union said Wednesday it will donate money to help a South Korean aid group's corn noodle factory project in impoverished North Korea.
Hyundai's union will donate 500 million won (US$530,800; euro390,400) collected from members for the project in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital.
Yonhap news agency reported that the aid, if delivered, would be the first ever sent by a South Korean company labor union to the North.
"This isn't only about the larger goal of unification but simply about stopping the suffering of our brothers starving in North Korea," said Chang Kyu-ho, a union official.
Food shortages are common in North Korea, which has often had to rely on outside food aid amid years of poor harvests and food shortages. Torrential rains this month have caused serious flooding and severe damage to farmland.
Movement for One Korea, the humanitarian group working on the project, said it wants to consult with North Korean officials next month to confirm its plan to use the Hyundai donation to either expand an existing plant or build a new one.
The existing factory began operating in January 2006, said Movement for One Korea's Ryu Young-kyu.
"Building a corn-noodle factory as opposed to a regular noodle factory in North Korea is important because North Korean corn will be used over imported Chinese flour," Ryu said.
He added that Movement officials are considering the possibility of exporting some of the corn noodles to South Korea.
"Five hundred million won seems like a daunting total but it was just union members donating a meager amount of about 12,000 won (US$13; euro9) each," the union's Chang said. "This is the least we can do."


Updated : 2021-07-26 11:49 GMT+08:00