December 02, 2022

Mennonite Central Committee granted sanctions exemption to bring metals into DPRK

Nail clippers, safety pins among prohibited items now approved for delivery

A Canadian/U.S. aid organization received approval from the UN on March 14 to deliver items to North Korea such as hygiene kits and water filters prohibited under international sanctions, according to the 1718 Sanctions Committee website.

The sanctions exemption for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is the 19th from the UN committee this year, following efforts that began at the end of 2018 to reform a process that many organizations, including the MCC, saw as overly restrictive and harmful towards humanitarian aid efforts in North Korea.