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Call for Humanitarian Diplomacy in the Korean Peninsula
April 5, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
External threats such as pandemics remind all of us the need for global solidarity. The more we cooperate, coordinate, and share information and resources the safer we all are. In times of international health emergencies, adversaries should put down their sabers and be willing to find ways to work together. As we put aside hostilities to fight together against the virus, perhaps new diplomatic doors can open and lead to a path to permanent peace.
Dr. Kee B. Park, Harvard Medical School
Under international sanctions and self-embargo due to the pandemic, North Korea cannot receive meaningful assistance from the outside, lacks indigenous resources and technology, and is attempting to overcome the crisis on its own. At a time when even wealthy nations such as the US are reaching out for help to fight the pandemic, as evinced by President Trump’s request for South Korean test kits, Pyongyang would be hard-pressed to handle this crisis on its own. In order to prevent devastating consequences of North Koreans infected with COVID – 19, the following steps must be taken immediately:
South Korea must send COVID – 19 test kits to North Korea as soon as possible
The United States must lift unilateral sanctions barring access to food, essential health supplies and medical support to North Korea.
The UN and international community must authorize the export of essential medical equipment and supplies to North Korea