UN rapporteur calls for easing sanctions on North Korea amid 'risk of famine'

... the risk of famine would increase as long as the borders remained closed.

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Baku, Jale Akbar, İnteraz - 23 October 2021, 10:56

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North Korea, Tomas Ojea Quintana, called for the relaxation of some sanctions imposed over its nuclear program due to the risk of famine in the country.

 

InterAz informs citing Sputnik Turkey.

 

At the press conference held at the UN Headquarters, Quintana pointed out that the risk of famine has increased due to the new type of coronavirus epidemic in North Korea.

 

Stating that the harsh measures taken by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ​due to the epidemic isolated the country and the people were deprived of basic needs, Quintana warned that the risk of famine would increase as long as the borders remained closed.

 

Quintana urged the UN Security Council to consider easing some sanctions on North Korea due to the risk of famine.

 

The UN Security Council has imposed economic and military sanctions on North Korea since 2006 because of its nuclear program.