|The U.N. committee also said it will streamline humanitarian assistance specifically related to tackling global pandemics, including COVID-19. (Photo from Causcasus Times News Website)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] A U.N. Security Council panel has approved a proposal to extend the exemption period for sanctions on humanitarian assistance to North Korea and streamline procedures to allow easier delivery of aid to the impoverished country, its website showed Tuesday.
The North Korea sanctions committee on Monday (U.S. time) adopted a revision to its "Implementation Assistance Notice No. 7" with regard to sanctions on Pyongyang, extending the exemption period from the current six months to nine months. The "Implementation Assistance Notice No. 7," issued in August 2018, provides the guidelines for obtaining exemptions to deliver humanitarian aid to North Korea, under which aid groups have received an exemption of six months when approved.
Under the revised resolution, the exemption period will be extended to nine months, and longer exemptions can be granted to aid groups that provide "a well-founded justification, such as transportation delays related to a pandemic," the U.N. panel said. Aid organizations will also be allowed to deliver their items in three shipments during the exempted period, allowing urgent items to be shipped first. Currently, organizations are required to deliver their assistance in one shipment. The revision to the assistance notice, proposed by the U.S., appears to have been accepted by all 15 member countries in the council.