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U.N. expert says some are ‘starving’ in North Korea | Reuters

A United Nations human rights expert voiced alarm on Tuesday at “widespread food shortages and malnutrition” in North Korea, made worse by a nearly five-month border closure with China and strict quarantine measures against COVID-19.

Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, urged the U.N. Security Council to reconsider sanctions imposed on the isolated country over its nuclear and missile programmes, so as to ensure food supplies.

North Korea, where a famine in the mid-1990s is believed to have killed 3 million people, does not report COVID-19 cases to the World Health Organization.

The pandemic has brought “drastic economic hardship” to North Korea, Ojea Quintana said, with a 90% fall in trade with China in March and April leading to lost incomes.

Source: U.N. expert says some are ‘starving’ in North Korea – Reuters

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