December 05, 2023

WHO granted sanctions exemption for coronavirus prevention work in North Korea

Exemption is third for tackling COVID-19 as Pyongyang continues to report no cases of the illness

The UN panel overseeing sanctions enforcement in North Korea will allow the World Health Organization (WHO) to bring medical equipment into the DPRK for "prevention and control" of the coronavirus, a note posted on a UN website said Thursday.

The announcement comes as the number of new cases of the virus -- officially known as COVID-19 -- continues to rise around the world, including more each day in neighboring China and South Korea.