South Korea seizes N Korean paintings due to sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea said it has stopped businessmen from bringing in North Korean paintings in a potential violation of UN sanctions.

Observers said similar incidents could occur frequently as South Korea’s liberal government is pushing for deeper exchanges with North Korea.

The Korea Customs Service said yesterday it has nine North Korean paintings that some businessmen had tried to bring in after their trip to Pyongyang last November.

It said those businessmen didn’t have required government permissions to take in North Korean products.

South Korean media said those paintings were purchased from a North Korean art studio under UN sanctions.

The Unification Ministry said it couldn’t immediately confirm that report.

It said related government offices will consult if any acts violating UN sanctions have happened.

File photo shows North Koreans looking at paintings on display in Pyongyang, North Korea. – AP