U.S. Experts Warn Seoul Over Liaison Office

      August 27, 2018 12:20

      Some U.S. experts say South Korea should have applied to the UN for exemptions from sanctions against North Korea before setting up a liaison office in the North Korean border city of Kaesong.

      The South sent around 80 tons of petroleum and diesel and around 115 tons of steel, copper and nickel to the North between June and July of this year to set up the office.

      Cheong Wa Dae says the materials were designed to accommodate South Korean staff and do not benefit the North Korean regime in any way.

      But Joshua Stanton, a lawyer who helped the U.S. House of Representatives draft the bills North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, told Voice of America on Friday, "It's a violation because those are the economic resources and can be support for trade with North Korea. If you look at the UN Security Council Resolution..., it requires you to get permission."

      Stephan Haggard, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, said, "Whether South Korea [feels it needs] to be exempted is another issue, but at least for political reasons I would suggest that the South Korean government [applies] for the exemption to show that [it intends] to work through the international sanctions regime processes."

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