24 Mar '11, 3am

N.Korea donates $100,000 for Japan quake relief

SEOUL: North Korea has donated $100,000 for relief efforts in Japan after it was struck by a massive earthquake and tsunami, state media said Thursday. The North's Red Cross sent the relief fund to its counterpart in Japan, expressing "deep sympathy" for victims of the disaster and their families, the Korean Central News Agency said. The North's leader Kim Jong-Il separately sent $500,000 to help pro-Pyongyang Koreans living in Japan who were affected by the disaster, it said. More than 25,000 people have been confirmed dead or missing in Japan, 12 days after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the country's northeast coast and triggered a crisis at a nuclear power plant. The communist state has no diplomatic relations with Japan, which Pyongyang usually condemns as an imperialist aggressor, referring to its harsh colonial rule over the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945....

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