No plans to lift North Korea sanctions, says South

Oct 11, 2018, 6:50 AM EDT
South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said N. Korea sanctions were under review.
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Amid criticism from Washington over Seoul’s indication that it may lift sanctions on North Korea, the South’s Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon on Thursday clarified that the country has no such plans.

Earlier on Wednesday, South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha had said that the sanctions imposed on the North over the sinking of its navy corvette in 2010, were under review, prompting a backlash from the U.S., notes Reuters.  

The development lays bare a “long-simmering rift” between Washington and Seoul over how to tackle North Korea with S. Korean president advocating closer ties with Pyongyang while the U.S. stressing the “maximum pressure” policy to rein its nuclear weapons ambitions, writes The Guardian.