US flood aid shipment arrives in North Korea

September 4, 2011 - 1:05 AM
North Korea US Aid

North Korean workers unload emergency aid sent from the United States from a plane upon arrival at Pyongyang airport, North Korea, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. The U.S. sent the plane loaded with a small but symbolic shipment of emergency aid that was due to arrive in flood-stricken North Korea, in the latest sign of a thaw in relations between the countries. (AP Photo/APTN)

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A plane carrying U.S. emergency aid has arrived in flood-stricken North Korea, in the latest sign of a thaw in relations between the countries.

The cargo plane loaded with $900,000 worth of food, medical aid, soap, blankets and cooking kits touched down at Pyongyang's Sunan airport late Saturday, according to footage from the Associated Press Television News from the North Korean capital.

North Carolina-based aid group Samaritan's Purse said it has pledged $1.2 million in addition to the $900,000 that the U.S. government has allocated for aid to North Korea through U.S.-based charities.

North Korea has been reaching out recently for help in the wake of autumn flooding last year, an unusually harsh winter and more heavy rain this spring and summer.