May 22, 2024

UN approves shipment of pediatric medical equipment to North Korea

Nonprofit receives sanctions waiver to send aid to a Pyongyang rehabilitation center, but unclear when it might arrive

A U.S. nonprofit organization has received a U.N. sanctions exemption to ship another batch of medical and rehabilitation equipment to North Korea, though the country’s COVID-19 border controls will likely complicate or delay the shipment’s delivery.

Ignis Community will have until May 2023 to ship over $500,000 worth of aid into North Korea,  a letter posted to the U.N. Security Council website shows. The nongovernmental organization (NGO) plans to send a range of items, including specialized wheelchairs, an electroencephalogram (EEG) machine and playthings for children.

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