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North Korean ships could be permitted in South’s waters, pending agreement: MOU

UN sanctions would still require Seoul to exercise due diligence and inspect DPRK vessels, however

North Korean vessels could be allowed to enter South Korea's territorial waters in the event of an agreement between the two Koreas, Seoul's Ministry of Unification (MOU) said Friday.

Reiterating the government's position this week that the "May 24" sanctions -- introduced in response to the sinking of a South Korean naval corvette in 2010 -- do not represent a barrier to inter-Korean cooperation and exchange, MOU spokesperson Yoh Sangkey said "the measures' effectiveness has been lost."