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U.N. panel OKs sanctions waiver for UNICEF aid project for N. Korea

All News 09:27 December 09, 2021

SEOUL, Dec. 9 (Yonhap) -- A U.N. Security Council panel has approved sanctions exemptions for an aid project by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to help North Korea respond to COVID-19 and prevent malaria, its website showed Thursday.

The approval by the North Korea sanctions committee will pave the way for UNICEF's provision of materials worth US$1.48 million, including vaccine cold chain equipment, ventilators and masks, according to a document posted on its website.

The exemptions were approved on Nov. 30 and will last for a year, the commitee said. The items will be shipped via the Chinese port of Dalian to the North's western port of Nampo.

The sanctions waiver comes as the reclusive country has been struggling with persistent economic woes amid pandemic-driven border controls and crippling economic sanctions.

The North has claimed to be coronavirus free. It has yet to accept COVID-19 vaccines allocated to the country through the COVAX Facility, a global vaccine distribution platform.


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