S. Korea reviewing lifting of standalone sanctions on DPRK: foreign minister

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-10 13:57:10|Editor: Liangyu
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SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa said Wednesday that her ministry was "reviewing with relevant ministries" the lifting of the country's standalone sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Kang made the remarks during the parliamentary inspection of government offices at the National Assembly, after being asked by Lee Hae-chan, chief of the ruling Democratic Party.

The country's independent sanctions, called May 24 measures, were adopted in May 2010 by then Lee Myung-bak administration after a South Korean navy corvette sank in waters by what Seoul claimed was a DPRK torpedo attack.

The DPRK has denied any involvement in the incident.

The government of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Lee's successor, closed down the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong over Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test in January 2016.

The factory park was the last remaining inter-Korean economic cooperation project after the May 24 measures cut all economic ties of the two Koreas.