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Trump blacklists N. Korea again for human trafficking

Diplomacy 04:57 November 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday blacklisted North Korea again for human trafficking, extending a symbolic ban on provisions of U.S. funding to the regime for another year.

Trump designated the North, Eritrea, Russia, Syria and others as countries failing to meet the minimum standards under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, according to a "presidential determination" released by the White House.

The designation bans the U.S. government from providing "nonhumanitarian, nontrade-related assistance" to those governments for Fiscal Year 2019 until they comply with the Act's minimum standards or "make significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance" with the Act.

In the case of the four countries, the U.S. will also not provide funding for participation in educational and cultural exchange programs by officials or employees of their governments.

Moreover, North Korea is among numerous nations the U.S. will try to stop from taking out loans from multilateral development banks and the International Monetary Fund.

The restrictions are expected to be symbolic only as the U.S. provides no funding for the North. Trump imposed the same measures on North Korea last year.

In June, the U.S. State Department designated North Korea as one of the worst human trafficking nations for the 16th consecutive year, citing the regime's use of forced labor.

And under a resolution passed last year, United Nations member states are banned from issuing new work permits to North Korean workers and required to expel current laborers before the end of 2019.

hague@yna.co.kr
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