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North Korea: International sanctions and the COVID-19 pandemic hit people's livelihoods

DW, 25 Nov 2021
North Korea has been facing UN sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear weapons programme. There are nearly a dozen UN sanctions that target individuals and the government. This in addition to sanctions from the European Union and the United States. UN sanctions are enforced by individual member states which isn't straightforward or even easy.

International sanctions and the COVID-19 pandemic have hit people's livelihoods there so hard that a UN expert is warning that vulnerable groups are at risk of starving. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has acknowledged the food situation in his country is tense. So, the regime in Pyongyang is promoting alternative sources of nutrition.
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00:00 North Korea has been facing sanctions since 2006
02:38 How difficult is it to enforce sanctions against North Korea?
06:35 What impact do sanctions have on North Koreans?
07:28 Kim Jong Un acknowledges tense food situation
07:49 Pyongyang promotes alternative sources of nutrition

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