North Korea-South Korea: South Korean authorities announced that North Korea has agreed to discuss accepting flood and humanitarian relief from South Korea. South Korea offered aid to North Korea through the Korean Red Cross last week."We got a reply back from North Korea this morning," requesting aid, said Park Soo-jin, deputy spokeswoman of South Korea's Unification Ministry.
Comment: Arrangements will be discussed at Panmunjom, so the deal is not done. If an agreement is reached, it would be the first instance of direct cooperation between the two states since Kim Jong-un came to power.
The Korean Central News Agency reported that flooding in July and Cyclone Bolaven in August killed more than 200 people and left tens of thousands homeless.
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Iran-Egypt: Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi said on 10 September that Iran is holding talks with Egypt on crude oil sales, according to the Iranian Students News Agency. A spokesman for the Egyptian Oil Ministry declined to comment on the report and referred questions to the Iranian government.
Comment: Egypt imports no oil from Iran. The statement contained no details about quantities and timing, but Egypt labors under a severe shortage of gasoline and other refined products. Fuel shortages were