N. Korea says it wasn't able to pay UN contributions due to financial sanctions

北 「금융제재로 유엔 분담금 못 내…제재 풀어달라」

North Korea claims it was unable to pay its contributions to the UN budget for the second year in a row, citing financial sanctions against the regime.
Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday that during a meeting of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country in February, a North Korean representative said that Pyeongyang is willing but unable to pay its contributions, worth 1-hundred-67-thousand U.S dollars for the year, due to closure of its banking channel.
The regime did not pay its share for last year, claiming it wasn’t able to transfer the money as the UNSC sanctioned North Korea’s Foreign Trade Bank, needed for overseas transactions.
However, an expert at the U.S. Center for National Interest says such claim is just a strategy to have sanctions removed.

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World Cup qualifier match between two Koreas that nobody was able to see

북한 공식전 무관중,… 역사상 이상한 경기에 외신들 비판

The two Koreas faced off in a historic World Cup qualifier yesterday night,… but nobody was able to watch it because the North didn’t allow fans into the stadium… AND imposed a media blackout.
Our Won Jung-hwan has more.
The fixture between the two Koreas on Tuesday was surreal,… not because of the results or how the game was played,… but because it was played in an empty stadium in Pyeongyang with no live coverage.
The 50-thousand seat Kim Il Sung Stadium was virtually empty,… except for a few members of the organizing staff, including FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
In fact, Infantino, who expected a lot from Tuesday’s historic match between the two Koreas,… expressed great disappointment.
He said in a statement that he was let down to see no fans in the stadium,… and was surprised by issues regarding live broadcast and problems with access for foreign journalists.
But it wasn’t just the head of the world’s football governing body who voiced their concerns regarding this peculiar match.
Many news outlets also expressed disappointment, in their coverage of the game.
British live coverage website,… the Football London, posted during the game that conditions were ideal for the match,… except for the lack of fans and media, which it described as a shame.
Vietnamese media outlets were also upset over the lack of media coverage,… saying the only to receive match updates was through the football governing body’s social media account.
While the backlash over the closed-door match has been strong,… some experts came up with a number of theories for the empty stands.
Some have pointed out, as was the case in 2005 against Iran,… North Korea might have been concerned about the possibility of its national team losing to the South in front of an angry home crowd.
Indeed, when North Korea failed to qualify for the World Cup in a match against Iran,… fans hurled bottles and cans at referees and the Iranian players.
Although many football fans couldn’t watch the historic game live,… a recorded version of the match will be broadcast by South Korean networks… with the tape expected to arrive later tonight.
Won Jung-hwan, Arirang News.

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