The ROK military has released more evidence that the international food aid given to North Korea is being diverted to the military:
The South Korean military captured North Korean authorities in flagrante delicto diverting rice intended for humanitarian purposes to the military, taking pictures near the Demilitarized Zone between 2006 and 2007 with a high-performance camera while monitoring the movements of the North Korean military.
In one photo (left), North Korean soldiers load rice sacks with a clear Red Cross mark onto a truck. Rice provided by South Korea as humanitarian aid bear a Red Cross mark, unlike rice provided in the form of loans. In another photo (right) the Red Cross-marked sacks are moved to guard posts.
The photos were reported to the Unification Ministry and Cheong Wa Dae under the previous government, and to President Lee Myung-bak’s transition team last month. Since 2003, the South Korean military has caught North Korea diverting more than 400 sacks of rice over 10 occasions to soldiers in frontline units. [Chosun Ilbo]
I’m sure no one is surprised by this, especially former President Roh Moo-hyun’s decision to say and do nothing about it. It will be interesting to see if new Korean President Lee Myung-bak will turn a blind eye as well to humanitarian aid being diverted to the military.