The United States has dispelled the possibility that South Korea may lift sanctions on their mutual foe North Korea, arguing Seoul would not take action without first seeking approval from Washington. When asked by lawmakers whether her ministry was considering lifting economic restrictions on North Korea amid a historic warming of ties between the longtime rivals, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Wednesday that “a review [of the issue] is underway,” according to the official Yonhap News Agency. She then clarified that “there’s a need to review it with resilience in the level of not damaging the framework of sanctions on North Korea on the basis that dialogue on denuclearization and an improvement in South-North relations is proceeding.” Kang’s remarks were met with criticism by some conservatives at home who demand Pyongyang acknowledge its role in a deadly 2010 naval incident, and in the White House, where Trump outright dismissed the possibility of South Korea acting unilaterally to improve relations with North Korea. “They won’t do that without our approval,” Trump said, according to the Associated Press. “They do nothing without our approval.” In addition to international sanctions targeting North Korea over its development of nuclear weapons, former South… Read full this story
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