Seoul eyes sustainable inter-Korean ties under sanctions – minister

TOKYO, South Korea is exploring ways to improve inter-Korean relations to a sustainable level and develop them even under international sanctions, Yonhap News Agency reported Monday.

“One issue is how to institutionalize sustainable inter-Korean relations. The other is what can be done under the sanctions regime (to develop ties),” South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told reporters in Seoul when asked about possible agenda items in terms of inter-Korean ties.

Cho made the remark as President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un prepare to hold a summit on April 27 on the southern side of the border truce village.

The two sides are expected to discuss ways to denuclearize North Korea, bring permanent peace to the Korean Peninsula and improve inter-Korean ties. The upcoming summit will be a key venue to discuss the North’s denuclearization ahead of Kim’s proposed meeting with US President Donald Trump, which could take place by May.

When the two Koreas previously held summits in Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007, they unveiled landmark joint declarations on inter-Korean relations and reconciliation that also included ways to boost economic cooperation. But Seoul cannot provide massive economic benefits to North Korea as international sanctions target curbing inflows of hard currency to the regime out of concerns over its nuclear and missile programs.

Source: Kuwait News Agency