North Korea says it is unable to pay U.N. dues, blames sanctions

North Korea says it is unable to pay U.N. dues, blames sanctions

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UNITED NATIONS — North Korea is unable to pay its share of the 2018 U.N. budgets because of international sanctions on its foreign exchange bank and has asked a senior U.N. official for help, the country’s U.N. mission said in a statement.

North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam met with U.N. management chief Jan Beagle on Friday to ask the world body to help secure a bank transaction channel so Pyongyang could pay the nearly $184,000 it says it owes for 2018.

U.N. member states are required to pay assessed contributions to the world body’s regular and peacekeeping budgets, as well as a budget for international tribunals.




Image: Ja Song Nam

North Korea’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ja Song Nam, front, takes part in a ministerial-level U.N. Security Council meeting held at U.N. headquarters in New York on Dec. 15, 2017, to discuss his country’s nuclear and missile issues.