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    South Korea could begin negotiations with North Korea on lifting of sanctions imposed on Pyongyang, according to spokesman of the South Korean Unification Ministry Jeong Joon-hee.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — South Korea is willing to negotiate a lifting of sanctions imposed on North Korea amid a thaw following a tense military standoff, spokesman of the South Korean Unification Ministry Jeong Joon-hee said on Wednesday.

    In May 2010, Seoul imposed restrictions on Pyongyang, accusing it of sinking a South Korean navy ship carrying 104 people, 46 of whom died. The North denied the accusation.

    "On the issue of the May 24 [sanctions], if government-level talks are held and various sub-meetings are held within that framework, I believe it will be the North, which has an interest in the issue, that will bring it up," Jeong said at a press briefing, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

    South Korea turned off the loudspeakers broadcasting anti-Pyongyang propaganda.
    © REUTERS / South Korean Defense Ministry/Yonhap
    The issue can be resolved through dialogue, he added.

    On Tuesday, the two countries reached a deal, stipulating measures to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula following last week’s back and forth shelling instigated as a result of the resumption of anti-Pyongyang broadcasting propaganda along the demilitarized zone by Seoul. The sides agreed to hold further talks in the near future.


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