HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam says it will donate 5,000 tons of rice to flood-stricken North Korea.
Vietnam's Communist Party newspaper, Nhan Dan, says the pledge was made by Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang in a meeting with North Korea's visiting nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, in Hanoi on Monday.
Flooding in North Korea has killed 169 people since late June, while leaving 400 missing and around 212,000 homeless.
The paper quotes Sang as expressing his "deep sympathy" for the deaths and loss of property caused by the flooding. Kim says the rice donation would help his people overcome their difficulties.
The paper says the two leaders also vowed to constantly develop the "traditional friendship" and further promote economic cooperation, particularly in agriculture, between the two countries.