Koreas | Nobel laureates call for easing North Korea curbs after rare visit

Nobel laureates call for easing North Korea curbs after rare visit

May 7, 2016 10:47 AM (UTC+8)

 

‘You cannot turn penicillin into a nuclear bomb,’ says Israeli biologist

(From AFP)

Sanctions that have pinched North Korea’s health care system should be eased, a group of Nobel laureates said Saturday, after a rare visit to the nuclear armed state that coincided with its ruling party congress.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a military ceremony in this file photo
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a military ceremony in this file photo

Embargoes on the flow of goods into the isolated country have squeezed the quality of medical care and research, they said, following visits to hospitals and labs in Pyongyang.

“You cannot turn penicillin into a nuclear bomb,” Aaron Ciechanover of Israel, who won the top prize for chemistry, told a media conference in Beijing a day after returning from the visit. “You don’t pressurise via making people sicker,” he said: “That’s not the right way to go.” Read More

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