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South Korea has allowed a doctor and two drivers to visit the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on a humanitarian mission. It's the first approved civilian visit since the government banned exchanges with the DPRK in May over the sinking of its naval ship.
The South Korea's Unification Ministry says the mission is to transport 337,000 US dollars worth of anti-malaria aid.
The Ministry also says the visit is being allowed because the doctor can explain to his DPRK counterparts how to use the kits which is important in tackling the disease, which is spreading near the border.
South Korea had only been allowing shipments of milk and baby formula to the DPRK's child care centers after suspending food and medicine supplies they had been sending for the past decade.