The Korean War is not officially over, the two states of North and South Korea still in the longest standing cease-fire in history. Sporadic acts of aggression from the North increase the tensions. Of these, nuclear testing is perhaps the threat of highest profile. Nuclear war would affect everyone in the world.

That as the backdrop, consider this: after devastating floods in North Korea, international humanitarian aid stepped in to relieve the estimated 140,000 affected. South Korea did not.

‘North Korea has not asked for help, and we don’t expect it to.’

Jeong Joon-hee, spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry, pointed out that the North continued with its fifth nuclear test despite the natural disaster. He suggested that the North realign priorities and fund humanitarian relief to flood victims, rather than developing weapons of war.

‘Even if it does, I think, given the present situation, that the possibility of providing aid is low.’

South Korea is unlikely to provide any aid. And, given their history with the North and recent developments, can you blame them?

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