UNSC grants sanction exemption for humanitarian aid deliveries to North Korea

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Seoul, May 21: The United Nations security council (UNSC) has on Monday granted sanction exemption to a humanitarian assistance group, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), to carry out aid supplies to North Korea in order to improve the nutrition and health of people living in the impoverished nation.

According to ANI news reports, the sanction exemption which was granted on April 11 makes ways for the UNICEF to import humanitarian supplies to deliver it to communities and also enables effective measures at hospitals, particularly malnourished women and children, the global humanitarian outfit stated in its report.

The UN has approved humanitarian supplies worth USD 5.75 million in total which includes emergency electronic devices, wheelchairs and health kits, the report said, as per a document cited on the website.

The vaccine was the most expensive set of supplies which accumulates to USD 3.87 million from Denmark. The agency stated those items will be used to preserve vaccines for more than 355,000 children under one-year age and 362,000 pregnant ladies, the report added.

Furthermost, the UNICEF said its workers will also conduct a regular monitoring program in order to ensure the good supplies are used for their intended purposes.

The overall number of humanitarian exemptions given to North Korea currently, including the latest approval, which is in effect stands at 22, however, the exemptions are only valid for the next six months.

South Korea has said on Friday North Korea, currently facing severe drought, should be offered food-aid despite Pyongyang’s recent missile tests and launches.

According to ANI news reports, South Korea also asserted the humanitarian issue in North Korea should be reviewed while separating it from an issue of security.





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