South Korea seizes North Korean paintings due to sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it has stopped businessmen from bringing in North Korean paintings in a potential violation of U.N. sanctions.

Observers say similar incidents could occur frequently as South Korea’s liberal government is pushing for deeper exchanges with North Korea.

The Korea Customs Service said Wednesday it has nine North Korean paintings that some businessmen had tried to bring in after their trip to Pyongyang last November.

It says those businessmen didn’t have required government permissions to take in North Korean products.

South Korean media said those paintings were purchased from a North Korean art studio under U.N. sanctions.

The Unification Ministry says it couldn’t immediately confirm that report.

It says related government offices will consult if any acts violating U.N. sanctions have happened.

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