South Korea considers lifting some sanctions on North Korea

SEOUL: Seoul is thinking about lifting a few of its unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang to create more momentum for diplomacy aimed toward making improvements to relations and defusing the nuclear crisis, South Korea's overseas minister said Wednesday.

During a parliamentary audit of her ministry, Kang Kyung-wha said the government is reviewing whether to raise sanctions South Korea imposed on the North in 2010 following a perilous attack on a warship that killed 45 South Korean sailors.

Seoul then successfully close down all cross-border economic cooperation excluding for a joint manufacturing facility park in the North Korean border town of Kaesong, which was once shuttered in February 2016 after a North Korean nuclear check and long-range rocket launch.

Such a transfer by South Korea would have little quick impact since U.S.-led international sanctions remain in position. But it's transparent Seoul's liberal government is making ready to restart joint economic initiatives if the bigger nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea begin yielding effects.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has described inter-Korean engagement as crucial to resolving the nuclear standoff. A lot of South Korean CEOs accompanied Moon final month to Pyongyang, the place he and Kim Jong Un agreed to normalize operations on the Kaesong manufacturing facility park and resume joint excursions to the North when possible, voicing optimism the international sanctions could end and make allowance such initiatives.

As a part of inter-Korean agreements reached all over Moon and Kim's engagement, a liaison administrative center between the international locations opened in Kaesong final month. Seoul's Unification Ministry said Tuesday the water being equipped to the administrative center has been provided to town's residents as smartly.


Using the facility that draws from a reservoir near the manufacturing facility park, South Korea has been pumping 1,000 to 2,000 lots of water to the liaison administrative center and about 15,000 lots to the remainder of the city each day, ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun said. He said the resumption of water supply does not violate sanctions.


The closure of the manufacturing facility park had also disadvantaged Kaesong residents of what had been a gradual supply of water and electrical energy. South Korea is offering electrical energy to the liaison administrative center, but to not town's residents.


"There are also humanitarian considerations as the residents of Kaesong have to rely on the park's facility for water," Baik said. "This has nothing to do with restarting the Kaesong factory park."


Other moves by the Koreas to scale back tensions between them include transient reunions between war-separated kin and military agreements that known as for decreasing weaponry and guards on the border and demining sections of the Demilitarized Zone.
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