South Korea eyes lifting of some sanctions against North Korea

I'll roll out the red carpet for Pope in Pyongyang, says Kim Jong‑un

US President Donald Trump said he didn't expect to meet Kim Jong Un until after US elections in November, as the administration struggles to secure denuclearization commitments from North Korea.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo furiously harangued Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in a telephone call on September 17 about South Korea's rapid rapprochement with North Korea.

Asked about Seoul considering lifting some sanctions to create space for diplomacy with North Korea, Trump says: "They won't do that without our approval".

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said that the government had never seriously considered lifting sanctions.

Lifting the South's sanctions would have little effect since USA -led global sanctions remain. The daily said the agreements were "unacceptable for the USA, but there had been no detailed explanation from the [South] Korean side".

According to Moon's office, Kim told him last month during their meeting that Pope Francis would be "enthusiastically" welcomed into North Korea, despite the countries negative record with religious persecution.

"The fact that they've had these meetings-both with secretary of state Pompeo and with President Trump-and have held back from a clear sign that they're moving forward, makes me kind of wonder", Christopher Hill, a former USA ambassador to South Korea and North Korea negotiator under president George W. Bush, told Bloomberg Television.

The law is needed to deal with cases of North Korea espionage in the South, Jeon said, adding North Korea's laws allow human rights violations to take place.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has pursued a thaw in cross-border ties, holding three summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this year. North and South Korea sent a united team of athletes to compete in some sports at the Asian Games in August, after staging basketball matches in July between Team Peace and Team Prosperity, each mixing both countries' players.

The Chinese delegation's visit to North Korea came as Beijing was widely seen as part of a bid to improve its relationship with Pyongyang.

South Koreans are deeply divided along ideological lines and many people still harbor deep anger over North Korea's 1950 attack that started the Korean War, killing and injuring millions.

Cho refused to comment on Trump's remarks, but said Washington was not opposed to inter-Korean dialogue and exchanges, and the allies are in close consultation. "As negotiations continue to improve ties between the South and North and achieve denuclearization, there's a need to flexibly review (lifting the measures) as long as it doesn't damage the larger framework of sanctions against the North".

More than 1,500 pieces of erroneous information about South Korea have been found in foreign textbooks, including a Croatian text saying the country speaks the Chinese language, a lawmaker said Friday. Still, the lifting of the 2010 sanctions could offer at least some tangible benefits to the North.

The denuclearization process, which looked so promising when Kim and Trump met in Singapore in June, is now looking stillborn. "This will allow them to save time and fuel". He said the resumption of the water supply does not violate sanctions.

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