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UN committee to decide Tuesday on sanctions waiver for relics excavation project

All Headlines 16:57 April 16, 2019

SEOUL, April 16 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council sanctions committee on North Korea is expected to grant South Korea's request for a sanctions waiver for a cross-border project to excavate relics from a historical site in the communist state, a Seoul official said.

The committee is set to convene in New York to determine whether to grant the sanctions exemption to allow goods to be used for the excavation project in the Manwoldae site in the North's border town of Kaesong.

"We anticipate that the request for the sanctions exemption will be approved," the official at Seoul's foreign ministry told reporters on condition of anonymity.

Seoul discussed the waiver issue for the Manwoldae project with Washington last month during their so-called working-group meeting designed to coordinate the allies' approaches on the North's denuclearization, sanctions enforcement and cross-border cooperation projects.

Washington has appeared uneasy about Seoul's push to accelerate inter-Korean cooperation projects when Pyongyang has yet to take any substantive steps to fulfill its commitment to "complete denuclearization."

The Manwoldae site is where the palace of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) was located for about 400 years. The Koreas conducted seven rounds of joint excavations there, from 2007 to 2015, and discovered traces of 40 buildings and 16,500 relics.

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