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U.S. Sen. Markey Urges Trump To Allow Humanitarian Workers, Aid Into North Korea; U.N. Security Council Exempts Humanitarian Shipments From Sanctions

New York Times: Senator Urges Trump to Ease Ban on Aid Workers Traveling to North Korea
“A Democratic senator has urged President Trump to allow American humanitarian aid workers into North Korea, despite a recent ban on travel to what officials consider a hostile nuclear state but also one of the world’s poorest nations. The senator, Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in a letter dated Nov. 7 that he was ‘deeply troubled’ by reports that the Trump administration was barring aid workers ‘from shipping supplies or traveling to North Korea as they seek to provide the most basic humanitarian assistance’…” (Wong, 11/8).

UPI: U.N. exempts humanitarian items to North Korea from sanctions
“The United Nations has allowed shipment of humanitarian supplies to North Korea, including medical equipment, for a health care project. The U.N. Security Council Sanctions Committee on North Korea has allowed a total of 35 items, worth $469,000, for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) project to combat tuberculosis and malaria and for vaccination in the reclusive country under heavy sanctions, VOA reported…” (Lee, 11/9).

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