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Humanitarian roadmap

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22.07.2019
By John Burton

The Federation of American Scientists recently issued a report, co-authored by 14 international experts on Korea, that declared that current U.S. sanctions regime on North Korea has been a failure. It suggested instead a more pragmatic approach that would both contain that country's nuclear program while also shaping its future development.

The study, "Report of the International Study Group on North Korea Policy," said the current U.S. policy of "maximum pressure" is unlikely to succeed in disarming North Korea. It recommended instead a more flexible sanctions policy to promote increased international engagement in economic projects. This would reduce North Korea's paranoia about the outside world and provide economic incentives for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

One place to start would be humanitarian assistance. In theory, both U.N. and U.S. sanctions do not impede humanitarian aid to North Korea. But in practice, various bureaucratic procedures have been put in place that hamper aid efforts.

Humanitarian aid organizations are complaining that they are facing difficulties and delays in transporting equipment to support their activities in North Korea. Risk-averse banks and foreign suppliers are reluctant to handle transactions out of fear that they might violate U.N. sanctions........

© The Korea Times