Biden Bans Nonhumanitarian Aid To N. Korea For Human Trafficking

Biden Bans Nonhumanitarian Aid To N. Korea For Human Trafficking

Andrew H. Sweet

In a presidential memorandum for the secretary of state, posted on the White House website Tuesday, Biden said the U.S. would not provide "nonhumanitarian, non-trade-related assistance" or allow funding for participation in educational and cultural exchange programs by officials of North Korea and other designated countries.

The ban will remain in place until the designated foreign governments comply with the "minimum standards" or make significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with the minimum standards, the memorandum reads.

The legislation marks the 19th consecutive year for a U.S. president to take such a measure against Pyongyang.

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