US Foreign Policy

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.

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.   

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