April 21, 2021

US lawmakers aim for quicker and easier humanitarian assistance for North Korea

A bill in Congress promises to help U.S. humanitarian workers overcome "bureaucratic roadblocks"

Two U.S. lawmakers reintroduced a bill to make “lifesaving humanitarian assistance” to North Koreans quicker and easier, according to their joint press release on Tuesday.

The bill, reintroduced by Senator Edward J. Markey and Congressman Andy Levin this week, came as the Biden administration continued its policy review on North Korea. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had previously vowed that Washington will make sure its policy towards Pyongyang “isn’t harmful” to North Koreans in need of humanitarian assistance.