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China, Russia push to ease N. Korea sanctions as Seoul mulls options

11 October 2018

A State Department spokesperson said the US and South Korea are committed to "close coordination on our unified response to North Korea".

Members of Liberty Korea Party's committee on national security said any suggestion to repeal the National Security Act would make way for a North Korea infiltration, local news service Newsis reported Wednesday.

Though she clarified that there was no "pan-governmental" discussion on the issue yet underway, she added: "I think it's a matter to be reviewed in comprehensive consideration of South-North relations".

Kang backtracked on her remarks after facing criticism from some conservative lawmakers that the sanctions can not be removed unless North Korea first apologized for the attack, a stance adopted by former South Korean governments.

A large number of South Korean business leaders accompanied Moon last month to Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, where he and leader Kim Jong Un agreed to normalize operations at the Kaesong factory park and resume joint tours to North Korea when possible, voicing optimism the worldwide sanctions could end and allow such projects.

U. S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island, June 12, 2018 in Singapore. The two Koreas have agreed to begin work on that by the end of this year, and the equipment and technology that would cross the border would nearly certainly require UN Security Council permissions.

"We warmly welcome the Chinese sports delegation to visit [North Korea] during a period when the friendship between the two countries is improving", Kim Il-guk said at Tuesday's match.

"Kang flubs it", the conservative Joongang Daily editorialized. China and Russian Federation have reportedly increased trade with the country since the summit, and now South Korea has started providing more aid and discussing removing sanctions. Kang was not specific but her comments are likely to fuel speculation Washington wasn't fully on board before Seoul signed the agreement. While U.N. sanctions against North Korea don't ban tourism, they do place strict restrictions on the transfer of funds, he said.

The statement following a two-day meeting in Moscow between the deputy foreign ministers of China, North Korea and Russian Federation, who all favor a phased, quid-pro-quo process in which Pyongyang is rewarded by eased sanctions as it takes steps on denuclearization. Kim committed to work toward "complete" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from the US.

In her remarks to the Washington Post, Kang also differed with the U.S. view on the denuclearization process.

When it comes to foreign basketball superstars who have visited North Korea, one player used to tower above all others: 6-foot-7, five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman. Pompeo recently visited Kim in Pyongyang in an effort to set up another summit between him and Trump following months of friction in lower-level talks that saw North Korea accuse Washington of "gangster-like" demands on denuclearization.

He said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had very good talks with Kim over the weekend and that three or four locations were being considered.

China, Russia push to ease N. Korea sanctions as Seoul mulls options