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US sending aid to North Korea
US: Cargo plane of relief supplies to arrive in North Korea this weekend
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The U.S. has sent a cargo plane of emergency supplies to North Korea as part of a modest but symbolically significant contribution to the impoverished country's flood relief effort.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the plane is carrying blankets, soap and hygiene kits. It will arrive in Pyongyang this weekend.

The U.S. has said it will provide $900,000 in emergency aid to North Korea, through U.S. charities.

It's the latest sign of a thaw in relations. Negotiations have recently restarted on North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Heavy rainfall pounded the Korean peninsula in July. North Korean media said last month that flooding killed about 30 people and left thousands homeless.

International donors are leery of helping Pyongyang because aid could be diverted to communist party elite or the military.

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