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S. Korea, U.S. decide on sanctions waiver for video reunions of war-torn families Updated: 2019-03-15 12:44:38 KST

South Korea and the U.S. have reached a decision on a sanctions waiver, that's essential for video reunions of separated families from the two Koreas.
This came during a working group session between the two sides in Washington on Thursday, local time.
The meeting was led by Rhee Dong-yeol, the South Korean Foreign Ministry's Director General of the Korean Peninsula Peace Regime bureau, and his U.S. counterpart Alex Wong, deputy assistant secretary of state for North Korea.

The progress on the sanctions waiver allows the South to move forward with the video reunions.
The UN Security Council last week approved a sanctions exemption, allowing shipments of equipment such as fiber-optic cables and cameras to the North.
With the U.S. also giving the green light, the two Koreas can now begin preparations for the planned reunions.

It was the first working group meeting between Seoul and Washington since the collapsed North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi last month.
According to Seoul's foreign ministry, the two sides exchanged views on how to facilitate post-summit negotiations.
They also agreed to continue close cooperation to improve inter-Korean relations, in a way that helps restart the nuclear dialogue between North Korea and the U.S.
The State Department told reporters that Seoul and Washington discussed efforts to achieve the North’s final, fully verified denuclearization-- one being the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions.
The two sides will continue to meet regularly to discuss North Korea as "alliance partners".

Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.
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