S. Korea reviewing lifting of standalone sanctions on DPRK: foreign minister

2018-10-10 14:38:24 | From:Xinhua

  South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa said Wednesday that her ministry was "reviewing with relevant ministries" the lifting of the country's standalone sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

  Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa speaks during a media briefing in Seoul, South Korea, 04 October 2018.[File photo: IC]

  Kang made the remarks during the parliamentary inspection of government offices at the National Assembly, after being asked by Lee Hae-chan, chief of the ruling Democratic Party.

  The country's independent sanctions, called May 24 measures, were adopted in May 2010 by then Lee Myung-bak administration after a South Korean navy corvette sank in waters by what Seoul claimed was a DPRK torpedo attack.

  The DPRK has denied any involvement in the incident.

  The government of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Lee's successor, closed down the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong over Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test in January 2016.

  The factory park was the last remaining inter-Korean economic cooperation project after the May 24 measures cut all economic ties of the two Koreas.

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