Friday, October 12, 2018

South Korea Backtracks On Easing North Korean Sanctions

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Sunday. REUTERS

Reuters: South Korea says no change on North Korean sanctions

South Korea never considered lifting sanctions against North Korea imposed over the 2010 sinking of a South Korean warship, the country’s Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said on Thursday.

South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said on Wednesday that the sanctions, imposed against Pyongyang following a torpedo attack on a corvette that killed 46 South Korean sailors in 2010, were under review.

North Korea has denied any involvement in the sinking.

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WNU Editor: South Korea may be pulling back from easing sanctions, but China and Russia are putting pressure to do just that .... China, Russia push to ease N. Korea sanctions as Seoul mulls options (AFP). More here .... China, Russia, North Korea call for adjusted sanctions ahead of denuclearization (Politico/SCMP). I say what sanctions, because it seems that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is getting what he wants .... Kim Jong-un's Rolls-Royce shows sanctions are 'a bit of a joke' (Sydney Morning Herald).

More News On South Korea Backtracking On Easing North Korean Sanctions

Under pressure, South Korea backs off talk of easing sanctions on North -- AP
South Korea Backtracks on Easing Sanctions After Trump Comment -- The New York Times
Trump angry after South Korea signals it may ease North Korea sanctions -- The Guardian
Donald Trump Says South Korea Does ‘Nothing Without Our Approval’ and Won't Lift Sanctions on North Korea -- Newsweek
South Korea: Not seriously considering lifting sanctions against North -- The Hill
Trump Says Seoul Can Do Nothing Without U.S. Approval -- Chosun Ilbo

1 comment:

Roger Smith said...

This Moon is trusting. Too trusting I think. Like the prior occupant of the White House, leverage is for bullies and useless in these modern times in this guy's mind. In his press photos with Un, Moon shows too much ivory. As Leo sung-un Durocher, famous S. Korean athletic team manager once said; "Nice guys finish last". Or was it "rast" No matter. Ya get the point.
The treaty he so desperately seeks is just a piece of paper. There's been peace since the war ended except for a few "incidents" on the N. Korean's side. Which, had they been properly answered, would have put some leverage and believability in Moon's favor should he take a little lesson or two from Trump.
And what does the south get? N.K. is the poor country dependent on Chinese trade and something to put in the rice bowl during tough times; not the South. They don't even seem to treat their troops for worms! What's that say about the new NK buildings in the press releases? Potemkin with a capital "P".

Ok, will I get the crosswalks that vanish? The busses? Or a jackpot with no squinting to figure out what's in the photos?