U.N. grants sanctions exemption to improve drinking water supply in N.Korea

Andrea Ware, April 15, 2019, 9:49 a.m.

The U.N. Security Council has granted a sanctions exemption to allow a missionary group's project to improve North Korea's drinking water supply to move forward, according to the U.N. website.

The exemption, granted on April 4, paves the way for Love North Korea Missions to import items to North Korea for improving access to clean drinking water in the northeastern region of Rason.

The approved items include hammers, well pumps, rope, wire and other miscellaneous supplies, according to the website. It did not disclose the value of the products.

The approval raised the total number of humanitarian exemptions related to North Korea currently in effect to 22. The exemptions are valid for six months.

Humanitarian activities are not banned under international sanctions, but related materials are subject to sanctions waivers from the U.N. 

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