September 23, 2023
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Export controls, border closures preventing delivery of aid to North Korea: IFRC

NGO won exemption from UN sanctions in February, is set to send 10,000 coronavirus test kits to the DPRK

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is yet to procure or deliver coronavirus-related aid to North Korea due to "export restrictions" and the country's effective closure of its borders, the organization told NK News on Friday.

"IFRC is working on getting the critical items that have been requested by Red Cross Society of DPRK to the people who need them as quickly as possible," Ellie Van Baaren, a spokesperson for the NGO, said in an email.