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SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- For the first time in over two decades, a North Korean ship docked in a South Korean port Sunday, the start of a series of voyages to pick up fertilizer donated to North Korea by the South Korean government.

The North Korean vessel arrived in the South Korean port of Ulsan Sunday evening, according to South Korea's Unification Ministry.

South Korea pledged to send 200,000 tons of fertilizer to North Korea during meetings last week between the two nations.

Most of the fertilizer will be delivered by sea, with the first of 10 shipments to loaded on the North Korean vessel docking at Lusan Sunday, officials said.

Some of the fertilizer left South Korea over land Saturday, officials said.

North and South Korea ended rare bilateral talks on Thursday without agreement on Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

However, South Korea agreed on the fertilizer donation because of humanitarian concerns, according to a statement issued jointly by both sides.

-- CNN Seoul Bureau Chief Sohn Jie-Ae contributed to this report

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