August 2, 2021
General News

North Korea criticizes U.S. humanitarian aid as ‘sinister political scheme’

U.S. humanitarian aid is a “sinister political scheme” to put pressure on other countries, a North Korean researcher said, after suggestions from U.S. allies such as South Korea that coronavirus vaccines or other help could promote cooperation.

North Korea‘s foreign ministry published the criticism of U.S. aid on an official website Sunday, a clear indication that it reflects government thinking.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.KCNA / Reuters file

Kang Hyon Chol, identified as a senior researcher at the ministry-affiliated Association for the Promotion of International Economic and Technological Exchange, listed a series of examples from around the world that he said highlight a U.S. practice of linking aid to its foreign policy goals or pressure on human rights issues.

“This vividly reveals that the American ulterior intention of linking ‘humanitarian assistance’ with ‘human rights…

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