How sanctions contribute to North Korea’s humanitarian distress
Pyongyang is at fault for food shortages and other problems, but there are ways to ease excessive impacts of sanctions
Sanctions against North Korea and other authoritarian governments face practical and moral dilemmas. Because such regimes are inattentive to the welfare of their citizens, sanctions are less likely to have an effect. Their costs are simply passed on to the public.
Such risks are compounded in the context of a humanitarian emergency like the one that the DPRK now confronts. Food shortages, aggravated by years of pandemic border closures, are reportedly driving starvation in parts of the country.
The North Korean government bears primary responsibility for the humanitarian distress the country is facing. The reasons
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