Opposition party urges gov’t to be wary of N. Korea’s intentions

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- The main opposition Liberty Korea Party stepped up accusations Friday that North Korea is attempting to blunt international sanctions with its peace overtures, as a high-level delegation from Pyongyang, including leader Kim Jong-un's sister, began an unprecedented trip to the South.

"We should not be fooled around by North Korea's intention to prevent South Korea-U.S. military exercises from resuming and to cause a crack in international pressure and sanctions on North Korea," Rep. Choung Tae-ok, spokesman of the party, said in a statement.

Hours earlier, the North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo-jong, arrived in the South as part of a delegation led by the country's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam. They are the highest-level North Korean officials ever to visit the South.

The leader's sister is also the first member of the North's ruling family to set foot in the South.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is scheduled to meet with the North's delegation Saturday.

The abrupt peace offensive by the North, which sharply escalated long-running tensions last year with its nuclear and missile provocations, has raised concern among conservatives that the regime may be using the rapprochement with the South to undermine the international sanctions against it.

Chung, the opposition party spokesman, said that the North's delegation flew on Kim Jong-un's plane, which means that the North had skirted breaking U.S. sanctions on it.

"Our government is being taken in by North Korea's strategy to incapacitate sanctions," he said.

The spokesman also urged the government not to be overmodest toward the Kim family, calling the communist regime an "inhumane" group who commit human rights violations.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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