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Trump's wording triggers controversy in S. Korea

Trump's wording triggers controversy in S. Korea

In Moscow, senior diplomats of North Korea, China and Russian Federation had talks and called on the U.N. Security Council to start work to "revise" sanctions.

Kang's proposal was met with disapproval from conservatives in the country as well as U.S. President Donald Trump.

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.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said Thursday removing the sanctions has not been seriously considered and would be hard to do unless North Korea acknowledges responsibility for the 2010 attack.

Cho noted there should be a "measure" related to the sinking of the Cheonan warship by the North for the May 24 measures to be lifted. There has been occasional bloodshed ever since - the 2010 attack on the warship was followed months later by North Korea's shelling of a South Korean border island that killed four and gutted homes.

Seoul shut down the Kaesong factory park in February 2016 in retaliation of a North Korean nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.

South Korea banned the North from using its shipping lanes and ended most of its joint economic projects between the two countries. "They do nothing without our approval". "They won't do it without our approval".

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An official from the Foreign Ministry said that the government offered a detailed explanation on Kang's comments on the lifting of the May 24 measures through diplomatic channels, and shared all the necessary information real-time at the parliamentary audit on Wednesday.

Noh Kyu-duk, spokesman for South Korea's foreign ministry holds a press briefing in this file photo. But it's clear Seoul is preparing to restart joint economic projects if the larger nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea begin yielding results. "We have very big sanctions", Trump said.

Mr Kim's invitation will be formally delivered by President Moon of South Korea when he visits the Vatican.

"A review (of the issue) is under way" in consultation with other related government agencies, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said. The sanctions severed all trade and investment ties with North Korea. 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.

On Wednesday, China released a document that called for a relaxation of sanctions against North Korea - a key part of the Trump administration's pressure on North Korea.

Seoul's potential removal of unilateral sanctions would be a largely symbolic move as it's virtually impossible for South Korea to resume joint economic projects with North Korea under US-led worldwide sanctions, which have been strengthened considerably since 2016 as the North accelerated its nuclear and missile tests.

According to Channel News Asia, Kim said, "President Moon will visit the Vatican on October 17 and 18 to reaffirm its blessing and support for peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula".


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