Moon Looks for Ways to Promote Inter-Korean Projects

  • By Jeong Woo-sang, O Youn-hee

    March 05, 2019 11:15

    President Moon Jae-in on Monday instructed officials to look for "as many measures as possible to help U.S.-North Korea dialogue by developing inter-Korean relations within the framework of sanctions."

    Chairing a meeting of the National Security Council, Moon urged officials to "focus on speed" in cross-border projects that were agreed between the two Korean leaders at summits last year.

    Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said, "We will come up with measures to resume tours to [North Korea's] Mt. Kumgang resort and reopen the Kaesong Industrial Complex by holding talks with the U.S."

    President Moon Jae-in (right) speaks in a National Security Council meeting at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Monday. /Yonhap

    Both projects are impossible under international sanctions against North Korea, which are unlikely to be lifted any time soon after the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump in Vietnam last week collapsed.

    It is unclear why the government here insists on talking about them as if their resumption is just around the corner, unless the aim is merely to signal to North Korea that something is being done.

    White House National Security Adviser John Bolton told reporters Sunday that "maximum pressure will continue" dealing a "real impact" to the North.

    During the recent U.S.-North Korea summit in Vietnam, Bolton said Trump urged Kim to scrap not only his nuclear weapons and long-range missiles but chemical and biological weapons as well in return for economic rewards. Kim rejected the offer. 

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