December 06, 2023

Humanitarian exemptions for North Korean aid work: crunching the numbers

The process has streamlined in recent months, though humanitarian groups still face major challenges

Aid to North Koreans, including pregnant women and people with disabilities, was frequently delayed by up to ten months or completely blocked from 2018 to 2019.

Two main factors within UN sanctions contributed to these delays: a tedious approval process of up to five months and 12 days, and 59 broad prohibited categories including syringes, needles, and wheelchairs.