South Korea: President Calls for Sanction Relief for North Korea
What Happened: South Korean President Moon Jae In called on Oct. 15 for an easing of sanctions against North Korea once Pyongyang takes tangible steps toward denuclearization, Yonhap has reported.
Why It Matters: Moon notably made the call to reward North Korea during a bilateral summit with President Emmanuel Macron of France, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council. South Korea's government has repeatedly called for reducing pressure against North Korea, which could eventually cause friction between Seoul and Washington.
Background: Moon is currently on a seven-day trip to France, Italy, the Vatican and Belgium, during which he will focus on encouraging European countries to accelerate diplomatic progress with North Korea.
- North Korea, South Korea: A New Joint Statement Signals Stronger Ties (Sept. 19, 2018)
- North Korea: A Subdued Response Indicates Pyongyang's Desire to Keep Talks Going (Aug. 27, 2018)
- South Korea Finds Itself in a Familiar Spot (May 22, 2018)
- The Inter-Korean Summit, in Summary (April 27, 2018)