A senior USA official dismissed the South Korean diplomats' worries about a miscalculation and said a cautious approach by past US administrations had not stopped North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Chinese banks received the document on Monday, the sources said.
The ministry said that the worldwide community is sternly responding to North Korea's provocations, but also emphasizing the need to extend humanitarian assistance to North Koreans. It also raised concerns in Japan and the United States, and followed new U.N. sanctions against North Korea over its sixth nuclear test earlier this month.
South Korea's unification ministry agreed to provide the funds, which will go towards programmes for infants and pregnant women, days after the United Nations security council agreed a further round of sanctions in response to the regime's recent nuclear test.
Under the plan, the South will provide $4.5 million for a nutrition program run by the World Food Program.
"Today, we estimate that around 200,000 children are affected by acute malnutrition, heightening their risk of death and increasing rates of stunting", Hulshof said.
In a meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, Moon said South Korea has always hosted global sports events successfully despite being technically at war with the North, according to a South Korean presidential official.
"Food and essential medicines and equipment to treat young children are in short supply", she said.
It is the first humanitarian assistance by Seoul under the Moon Jae-in administration, which took office in May. The government will decide when to provide the aid considering the state of relations between the rival Koreas, the ministry said. "And this is what the worldwide community agrees with, including the U.S., Russian Federation and Switzerland".
A United Nations report showed that about 72 percent of the 24.9 million North Koreans are suffering from food shortages and malnutrition.
Trump has repeatedly vowed a military response to North Korea, on one occasion saying that Washington may use the "full range" of capabilities at its disposal and might resort to using its nuclear arsenal against North Korea.
Pyongyang carried out the latest in a rapid series of missile launches by firing another mid-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday, soon after its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, in defiance of United Nations sanctions and other worldwide pressure.