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U.S. ready to allow North Korea sanctions exemption to combat coronavirus Updated: 2020-02-14 13:28:11 KST

The U.S. State Department says it's "deeply concerned" about the coronavirus potentially affecting North Korea and is ready to help.
It said Thursday that it's prepared to support American and international organizations working in the North by facilitating approval for them.
The statement came after the Red Cross called for an urgent exemption to the sanctions on Pyeongyang.
It wants to be allowed to make a bank transfer to its office in North Korea, saying its "essential as a life-saving intervention."
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