North Korea has agreed to accept 10,000 tons of food aid from South Korea.

Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae—sung said on Friday that the North’s Red Cross sent a message to its South Korean counterpart and said it will accept the 10,000 tons of corn.

The North’s move came three months after South Korea offered the food aid to the North to help relieve Pyongyang’s chronic food shortages.

For a decade, South Korea was one of the biggest donors to the North before President Lee Myung—bak took office in 2008 with a pledge to get tough on the North and halted unconditional assistance.

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