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U.S. sanctions waiver allows two Koreas to move ahead with video family reunions Updated: 2019-03-15 18:00:32 KST

South Korea may finally see some progress in holding inter-Korean video reunions of war separated families.
During the South Korea-U.S. working group session in Washington on Thursday, local time, the U.S. granted an exemption for sanctions that allows shipments of equipment required for the reunions to the North.
The UN Security Council also approved a sanctions waiver last week.
With the green light, Seoul's Unification Ministry says it plans to start preparations and work on the details of the reunions with the North.

"All sanctions-related procedures necessary for the video reunions of separated families are complete, so we can push ahead with preparations for the planned reunions."

The two sides also agreed on a sanctions waiver for the delivery of equipment, needed to unearth historic relics from a joint excavation project located in the North's territory of Manwoldae.
They will request approval from the UN Security Council.

However, the two sides were unable to make progress on a group of South Koreans' trip to the Gaeseong Industrial Complex.
Earlier this month, some 180 business owners who ran projects there filed an application, to review their assets in the inter-Korean industrial park that was shut down in February 2016.
Seoul and Washington are to continue discussions on the matter,in parallel with the North's commitment on denuclearization.

"Although there has been significant progress, the two sides still have their differences. South Korea stresses improved inter-Korean relations, while the U.S. prioritizes North Korea's denuclearization. As "alliance partners," they will continue close coordination on these issues. Park Hee-jun, Arirang News."
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