Staff asked about how sanctions might be further refined to be more effective, what role the US might play in assisting North Korea’s effort to respond to COVID-19 to the extent possible, and how sanctions affect access to the country for humanitarian and public health NGOs. This session was supported by Dr. Kee B. Park. Dr. Park is a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Director of the North Korea Program at the Korean American Medical Association.
Sanctions & The DPRK’s Public Health Infrastructure
In light of the burgeoning concern over COVID-19 and the lack of information about conditions within North Korea, Stimson organized a briefing for Senate staff centered on the U.S. and international sanctions regime against the DPRK and North Korea’s response and unique vulnerabilities to the coronavirus.