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Sanctions experts likely to gather in Seoul to discuss N.K. nuke issue

2017/01/31 19:21

SEOUL, Jan. 31 (Yonhap) -- A group of experts on sanctions who will examine ways to put pressure on North Korea will likely gather in South Korea to exchange views on how to better cope with Pyongyang's continued provocations and pursuit of nuclear weapons, a diplomatic source said Tuesday.

According to the source, South Korea is seeking to host a meeting of a consultative body consisting of experts in such areas as finance, information, shipping, and cyberspace either in February or March.

The consultative body was launched around September when the North conducted its fifth nuclear detonation test with an aim to help get the North to give up its nuclear weapons. The body is said to have met in Europe last year.

The experts, dubbed "grim reapers" and known to belong to governments of seven or eight countries including the United States, are expected to exchange views on what options would be available in the case that the North carries out additional provocations, the source said.