North Korea Swaps Prisoners for Aid

South Korea on Tuesday recovered a fishing boat and its seven-man crew from North Korea after agreeing to an exchange that analysts see as auguring well for inter-Korean reconciliation – though not for an end to the North’s nuclear program.

South Korean media said Tuesday that freeing the ship and its crew was a step toward receiving food aid.

The North's aid request came after Seoul offered last week to provide $8.5 million in emergency aid, including food, relief materials and first aid kits. That offer did not include rice or construction equipment and supplies.