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U.N. grants sanctions waiver for Finnish NGO's aid project in N. Korea

North Korea 10:19 July 02, 2020

SEOUL, July 2 (Yonhap) -- The United Nations has granted a sanctions waiver for a Finnish nongovernmental organization's plan to help vulnerable children in North Korea, the U.N.'s website showed Thursday.

Finn Church Aid received the sanctions exemption last month for its project to provide 240,600 euros (US$270,650) worth of food and other materials to children in the North, according to the website. The exemption will be effective until Dec. 24.

The organization will supply items "to enhance the food security of vulnerable primary school aged children in two counties in North Hwanghae province," the website said.

It plans to spend 30,000 euro and 25,000 euro, respectively, in purchasing soy beans and securing vehicles to transport them in the North. It also plans to spend 15,000 euro operating an office in the communist state, according to the website.

Humanitarian activities in North Korea are not banned under international sanctions, but related materials are subject to sanctions waivers from the U.N.


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