December 01, 2023

North Korea mostly to blame for growing human suffering — not sanctions: Report

Country’s virus controls compound long-running humanitarian crises, as NGOs anticipate bleak future for DPRK aid work

North Korea’s COVID-19 restrictions are likely the largest factor exacerbating the country’s dismal humanitarian situation, according to an upcoming U.N. report, as aid organizations voice increasing pessimism about future prospects of working in the DPRK.

The assessment comes from an advanced draft of the U.N. Panel of Experts’ report on North Korea seen by NK News, which includes a section that attempts to evaluate how U.N. sanctions have hurt average North Koreans.