January 25, 2021

Amid pandemic, U.S. Treasury cuts some red tape for aid groups in North Korea

Aid groups will now have easier path to bring ambulances, laptops into DPRK, Treasury tells NK News

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday announced a new change to its North Korea sanctions regulations intended to make it easier for humanitarian groups to bring laptops, ambulances, and other aid-related items into the DPRK.

The change -- related to the definition of banned luxury goods under U.S. law -- comes as many experts and officials have expressed alarm about the high likelihood that the COVID-19 pandemic has already spread to North Korea, despite Pyongyang's claims of zero infections.