N Korea says it is unable to pay UN dues, blames sanctions | 2018-02-13 | daily-sun.com

N Korea says it is unable to pay UN dues, blames sanctions

    13 February, 2018 12:00 AM printer

North Korea says it is unable to pay its share of the 2018 United Nations budget because of international sanctions, reports Independent.uk.com.

The UN and US had imposed strict sanctions for Pyongyang’s continued development of its nuclear weapons programme.

North Korea’s UN Ambassador Ja Song Nam asked the UN to set up a backchannel to get around sanctions on its foreign exchange bank to pay the $184,000 in dues.

The sanctions on the Foreign Trade Bank have been keeping North Korea “from honouring its obligation as a UN member state by hindering even normal activities such as payment of the UN contribution,” the North Korean mission said in a statement late on Friday.

“It is crystal clear” the US is to blame, the statement read.

According to the UN Charter, countries in arrears in an amount that equals or exceeds the contributions due for two preceding years can lose their vote in the 193-member UN General Assembly. The General Assembly can grant an exception if a country can show that conditions beyond its control contributed to the inability to pay.