N. Korea Sanctions Relief Can Be An Option If It Accepts Dialogue Offer

N. Korea Sanctions Relief Can Be An Option If It Accepts Dialogue Offer

Andrew H. Sweet

North Korea's recent missile test underscores the need to engage the reclusive state, and sanctions relief can be considered part of incentives to bring it back to the negotiating table, Seoul's top diplomat said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim reaffirmed that the U.S. remains open to dialogue with Pyongyang but made it clear that the Biden administration will keep sanctions in place until the North takes concrete steps toward denuclearization.

Chung expressed hope that President Moon Jae-in's proposal to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War could provide the much-needed momentum for the stalled denuclearization talks with Pyongyang.

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