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Missed Diplomatic Opportunity? South Korea’s Unilateral North Korea Sanctions

Sung-Yoon Lee speaks with NK News about inter-Korean sanctions issues.

Despite South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s eagerness for inter-Korean reconciliation, North Korea’s demolition of the joint liaison office in June showed how little Pyongyang has grown to care about relations with Seoul.

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“For the ROK to officially suspend the May 24 measures in the aftermath of the Moon-Kim summit in April or [the] Trump-Kim summit in June 2018, [it] would have required [a] delicate balancing act vis-a-vis the U.S. and the UN,” Sung-yoon Lee, a professor of Korea studies at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, told NK News.

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