South Korea has considered lifting economic sanctions designed to force North Korea to relinquish its nuclear weapons, drawing a swift rebuke from Donald Trump and exposing a rift in Seoul’s alliance with Washington.On Thursday the South Korean foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha, suggested Seoul was increasingly willing to lift sanctions imposed in 2010 after the sinking of a navy corvette that killed 46 sailors. The move would be mostly symbolic since South Korea would still be required to follow United Nations sanctions, which cover much of the same areas. remark drew criticism from Trump. “They won’t do it without our approval. They do nothing without our approval. In Washington, officials have vowed to maintain a “maximum pressure” campaign until the North denuclearises. Kang also admitted US secretary of state Mike Pompeo had been “discontent” with a military agreement between with two Koreas, saying he was not briefed sufficiently. stark difference in messaging has exposed a long-simmering rift between South Korea and the US over how to deal with North Korea.
Moon’s liberal government has favoured closer ties with the North, but has also vowed to adhere to international sanctions which bar most trade with the regime. I think Seoul and Washington will move quickly to paper over his comments and maintain a facade of alignment a former US diplomat who worked on North Korea policy. South Korea still hopes to press ahead with improving ties with its neighbour, Oba said, and Moon “will continue to test the envelope but avoid any actions he thinks will cause open tensions with the United States.