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Consultations underway to get waiver on sanctions for inter-Korean liaison office

All Headlines 11:26 August 02, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is in close consultation with the United Nations to get sanctions temporarily exempted for the operation of an inter-Korean liaison office in the North, a unification ministry official said Thursday.

"Consultations are underway," the official told reporters on the condition of anonymity.

South Korea earlier asked for the U.N. to consider exemptions from sanctions as the two Koreas are working to open the liaison office in the North's border town of Kaesong within this month.

The waiver request is intended to address possible problems that could arise in the process of the operation of the office such as fuel supply to generate electricity for people and facilities there.

South Korea has secured a waiver on sanctions related to the preparations for the family reunion event to be held from Aug. 20-26 at the Mount Kumgang resort on the North's east coast.

The official, meanwhile, dismissed as "groundless" a Japanese media report that the North has demanded economic cooperation and a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War in response to an alleged Seoul offer to hold a summit in August.

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