October 01, 2020

IFRC wins sanctions exemption for North Korea coronavirus prevention work

Red Cross to send 10,000 test kits, 10,000 pairs of gloves, and 4,000 masks to DPRK, letter shows

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has received an exemption from international sanctions from the UN, an official told NK News on Monday, allowing the organization to ship vital equipment needed in the fight against coronavirus to North Korea.

The exemption request was submitted last Tuesday and approved on Friday, Richard Blewitt, who serves as permanent observer to the UN for the IFRC, said, describing it as "a quick turn around."