South Korea conservatives reject changes to anti-communist law

Cheryl Sanders
October 11, 2018

The North also said it would dismantle its main nuclear facility in Nyongbyon if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures.

Members of Liberty Korea Party's committee on national security said any suggestion to repeal the National Security Act would make way for a North Korea infiltration, local news service Newsis reported Wednesday.

South Korea is considering lifting some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea to create more momentum for diplomacy aimed at improving relations and defusing the nuclear crisis, the South's foreign minister said Wednesday.

The South Korean foreign ministry also officially denied that the government was reviewing the matter.

A few days after the inter-Korean summit, Gen. Robert Abrams, the next commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, told the Senate Committee on Armed Services that all activities in the DMZ are under the jurisdiction of the UN Command, which the USFK commander also heads.

After facing backlash from the United States, the South Korean government has backed off its talk of lifting some of its sanctions on North Korea. The two Koreas have agreed to begin work on that by the end of this year, and the equipment and technology that would cross the border would nearly certainly require UN Security Council permissions.

He also said that there could "eventually" be a meeting on U.S. soil.

"Kang flubs it", the conservative Joongang Daily editorialized.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha takes an oath during a parliamentary audit of her ministry's affairs at its headquarters in Seoul on October 10, 2018.

Kang's comments are likely to increase speculation that Washington was not fully on board before Seoul signed the agreement.

Kang pointed out that many parts of South Korea's 2010 sanctions now duplicate United Nations sanctions that were considerably strengthened after 2016 when the North began accelerating its nuclear and missile tests. In Washington, officials have vowed to maintain a "maximum pressure" campaign until the North denuclearises. While U.N. sanctions against North Korea don't ban tourism, they do place strict restrictions on the transfer of funds, he said.

"The three parties also oppose unilateral sanctions", the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement released the day after the three countries' deputy foreign ministers held talks in Moscow. "While there is still a long way to go and much work to do, we can now see a path to where we'll achieve the ultimate goal which is the full and final verified denuclearization of North Korea", Pompeo told reporters at the White House.

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She suggested instead the dismantlement of the Yongbyon nuclear reactor complex - an idea North Korea has put forward, in return for vague, reciprocal USA steps.

The denuclearization process, which looked so promising when Kim and Trump met in Singapore in June, is now looking stillborn.

Pompeo has since made another trip to Pyongyang, this past Sunday, for a summit that was called to restart negotiations between the U.S. and the North.

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