U.N. Expert Wants Sanctions on North Korea Reduced

U.N. Expert Wants Sanctions on North Korea Reduced

(RepublicanPress.org) – The idea of imposing economic sanctions on rogue nations like North Korea sounds like a good idea on paper. They certainly have broader appeal than getting American service members involved in another foreign war or peacekeeping mission. However, all too often, they can result in harming unintended victims, as a United Nations (UN) human rights expert recently explained.

On Thursday, October 7, Reuters published an exclusive article discussing a recent report by Tomas Ojea Quintana, a UN investigator and human rights rapporteur for North Korea. The report detailed his findings and recommendations regarding UN sanctions on Pyongyang.

The UN imposed the sanctions on North Korea as part of an effort to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Quintana recommended easing sanctions in light of the plight of the North Korean population, which has been severely handicapped due to the country’s increased isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quintana advised that an immediate review of sanctions is necessary to maintain an “adequate standard of living [for] ordinary citizens.” According to him, an ease on current restrictions was also required to “facilitate humanitarian [aid] and lifesaving assistance.”

The primary concern at this point involves whether or not reducing sanctions would make a difference to North Korean citizens, given the country’s decades-long history of abuse.

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