SKorea wants sanction exemptions to restart NKorea projects

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has suggested he’ll push for sanction exemptions to restart dormant economic cooperation projects with North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year’s Day address that he’s ready to resume South Korean tours to a North Korean mountain and a jointly run factory complex in the North.

Moon’s comment Thursday may be a symbolic response to Kim’s overture. But it could still undermine ties with the U.S., which wants to maintain sanctions on North Korea until it completely abandons its nuclear program.

The two cooperation projects were suspended amid nuclear tensions in recent years.

Moon says his government will “cooperate with the international community, including the United States, to resolve the remaining issues such as international sanctions as soon as possible.”

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