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Vietnam requests sanctions exemption for N.K. officials visiting for summit with Trump: report

Diplomacy 16:16 February 13, 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- Vietnam has filed for a sanctions exemption for North Korean officials set to visit the Southeast Asian nation later this month for a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a news report said Wednesday.

The Vietnamese government made the request to the Security Council committee overseeing sanctions on the North, and the request will be considered by Feb. 19, Tass news agency reported, citing an unidentified U.N. source.

The request was made for all members of the North Korean delegation, including those on the sanctions list, the report said. U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions call for banning blacklisted officials from traveling to other countries.

Singapore received a similar sanctions exemption when it hosted the first summit between Trump and Kim in June. Their second meeting is set for the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Feb. 27-28.

Vietnam's foreign minister, Pham Binh Minh, has been on a visit to Pyongyang since Tuesday for discussions about the upcoming Trump-Kim summit and a possible state visit to the country by the North's leader.

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