June 30, 2011 13:36
The United States has decided to allow imports of the popular Korean animated series "Pororo the Little Penguin" despite the fact that it was partly produced by a North Korean company.
According to Voice of America on Wednesday, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control said the cartoon is not on a list of items subject to import restrictions, saying cartoons such as "Pororo" are classified as information, which is exempt under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
The U.S. recently banned imports of all goods and services coming directly or indirectly from North Korea, and "Pororo" became a concern because about 5 percent of the episodes were produced by a North Korea-based subcontractor in the border town of Kaesong.
The cartoon has been exported to 110 countries.
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