SEOUL, May 19 (Yonhap) -- A group of South Korean civic groups campaigning for North Korea aid announced plans Thursday to provide Pyongyang with medical assistance worth 12 billion won (US$10 million) in a bid to help it cope with the COVID-19 outbreak.
The move comes amid no response from the reclusive North to the South Korean government's push for consultations on cooperation in its fight against the virus crisis.
During a joint press conference in Seoul, three organizations -- the Korea NGO Council for Cooperation with North Korea (KNCCK), Korea Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, and Civil Peace Forum -- made public the project to send such items as COVID-19 test kits, masks, protective suits, antibiotics and antipyretic drugs.
They welcomed President Yoon Suk-yeol's stated commitment earlier this week to send coronavirus aid to the North, including vaccines and other medical supplies, and stressed the need to carry out the offer "in a sincere way that is acceptable to North Korea."
They also urged the North to take the South Korean government's proposal positively and to come forward for dialogue.
The groups said they will also try to reach out to North Korea early next week through "all routes" possible for coronavirus aid.