South Korea ready to discuss North Korea sanctions

South Korea is willing to start dialogue to lift sanction measures against North Korea

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

South Korea and North Korea officials held talks on Tuesday at the truce village of Panmunjominside, the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas.

South Korea said on Wednesday it is ready to evaluate whether or not it will lift North Korea sanctions that have been in effect since a 2010 naval attack, which comes a day after the two countries expressed regrets over recent tensions that had almost led to war.

Pyongang had apologised for the wounding of South Korean soldiers during a landmine incident, as Seoul responded it would halt anti-North propaganda broadcasts by the border.

"When talks get under way, we think the May 24 issue will be raised by the North which has an interest in it, and I think it can be handled through dialogue," South Korea's Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee told a briefing.

The May 24 issue which was back in 2010, was when the South accused the North of a torpedo attack on a navy ship that caused the death of 46 sailors. After the incident South Korea freezed many exchanges with the North, including tourism, trade and private aid.

The North had denied the allegations, but South Korea said it expected an apology in order to lift the sanctions.

After the Tuesday accord, both sides expressed willingness to improve ties

Korea has been divided since the end of World War II, the country was under Japan’s colonial rule for 35 years prior to being divided. Since the 1950 Korean War that lasted three years, the two countries remain in a state of war, because the war ended in an armstice instead of a peace treaty.


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