September 23, 2023

Sanctions “impeding” North Korea’s COVID-19 efforts, UN human rights chief warns

After accusing Pyongyang of crimes against humanity, statement is UN human rights chief's second on DPRK this month

Sanctions have "impeded" the ability of countries -- including North Korea -- to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the UN's top human rights official said on Tuesday.

The comment, from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, comes despite Pyongyang's persistent claims -- rejected by many experts as impossible -- that the DPRK has had no infections of the highly contagious virus within its borders.