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FM Kang says U.S. to continue sanctions on N. Korea until denuclearization

All Headlines 21:05 August 21, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Tuesday that the United States is expected to impose additional sanctions on North Korea unless it takes substantive measures for denuclearization.

Speaking at a National Assembly session in Seoul, she also indicated a difference between the allies on Pyongyang's recent overtures.

Asked if the South Korean government agrees with the U.S. that there has been no "substantive" denuclearization action by the North, Kang said, "I think there can't be a complete unity of perception."

She pointed out the South is a "key party concerned" as a neighbor of the North, while the U.S. is prioritizing denuclearization.

But the core of the allies' coordination is to share understanding on relevant situations, she added.

The minister recalled the Trump administration's announcements of its own punitive steps against Pyongyang on Aug. 3 and Aug. 15.

The U.S. maintains a position that sanctions should remain in place to rid the communist nation of its nuclear weapons and there will likely to more actions until it takes substantive measures, Kang said.

On the controversy over the planned establishment of an inter-Korean liaison office, she said Seoul and Washington are in consultations on it.

The U.S. understands that the office is meant to help lay the systemic groundwork for the development of inter-Korean relations, she said, adding it does not contradict the basic purpose of sanctions on the North.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha speaks at a National Assembly session in Seoul on Aug. 21, 2018. (Yonhap)


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