Gov't Has No Plans to Lift N.Korea Sanctions

Seoul has no plan to lift sanctions against North Korea North Korea, Unification Ministry spokesperson Kim Eui-do said Monday.

Speaking a day before the fourth anniversary of the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan, Kim said North Korea, "whose actions prompted the sanctions, has not yet taken any responsible measures."

Asked what would constitute "responsible measures," Kim said, "They should of course include admitting fault in sinking the Cheonan and apologising for it. They can also include censuring relevant officials."

After the attack, Seoul halted all business exchanges between the two Koreas except for the Kaesong Industrial Complex.

Asked whether package tours to Mt. Kumgang in North Korea could resume, Kim repeated that this depends on "responsible measures" from the North.

The government insists that North Korea must apologize for the shooting of a South Korean tourist at the resort in 2008 and ensure that nothing of the kind happens again.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 25, 2014 12:35 KST