WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- The United Nations has granted a sanctions exemption to allow North Koreans to travel to Vietnam for next week's summit between the U.S. and North Korean leaders, according to a news report Wednesday.
Twelve North Koreans are under a global travel ban and asset freeze as part of U.N. sanctions imposed on the regime for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, Reuters said, citing an internal document dated Tuesday.
It's unclear whether any of them will actually travel to Vietnam for the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un planned for Feb. 27-28, the report added.
Vietnam filed the exemption request with the U.N. committee on North Korea sanctions.
Trump and Kim are seeking to flesh out an agreement reached at last June's first summit in Singapore to pursue the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for U.S. security guarantees.
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