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(CNN) -- North Korea on Wednesday refused aid from the South Korean government, reversing its previous decision.
The impoverished nation was plagued by powerful Tropical Storm Bolaven in August, which killed at least 48 people and left tens of thousands homeless.
South Korea offered aid to North Korea last week. The North initially agreed but requested a list of aid items.
"North Korea replied saying that they don't need such aid," according to a news release from the ministry.
"We were hoping the aid would be able to help North Korean people. We are very regretful to hear about their rejection," it added.
Last year, Seoul offered Pyongyang aid in the form of instant noodles and biscuits, but the offer was rejected after the North called for rice and cement, according to Yonhap News Agency.
Why would they need cement? Oh I don't know, maybe to rebuild homes for the thousands of now homeless people?
Originally posted by SLAYER69
reply to post by GarrusVasNormandy
They are waiting for their "Great Leader" to expel all manner of manna from his backside, I mean heaven...............
But, to play some devils advocate here....one thing that is always known is that when a western nation comes with an olive branch extended, it usually has some poison ivy wrapped around it. I cannot blame any non reserve (free) nation for being cautious when dealing with "greeks bearing gifts".
They (the NK leaders) would likely be afraid the instant noodles would basically show people what they are missing and that it was something that other countries are willing to give away.
Rice and cement would be easy enough to re-label as coming from NK.