June 03, 2020

Countries must “clarify” sanctions won’t block COVID-19 aid to North Korea: EU
Banks remain reluctant to help aid groups, top European Commission official says

Countries imposing sanctions on North Korea should "clarify" that they do not inadvertently block humanitarian aid from reaching the country, the European Union's top diplomat said on Monday.

The comments, from EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy Josep Borrell, come as Pyongyang continues to call for sanctions relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic -- and continues to deny having any infections at all within its borders.