September 25, 2020

German, Russian UN missions clash over cause of North Korea humanitarian crisis

Germany criticizes DPRK "hypocrisy" in blocking aid during COVID-19; Russia says sanctions are "collective punishment"

The German and Russian missions to the United Nations expressed alarm about the humanitarian situation in North Korea on Friday, but presented widely diverging views on what they say has caused the crisis.

In tweets posted after an online UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting, Russia called sanctions "collective punishment" against citizens of the DPRK, while Germany condemned North Korea's "hypocrisy" in blocking help that the outside world is trying to bring to the country.