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N Korea at crossroads

Moon wants to help North Korea open its airspace to passenger jets

Seoul in talks with Washington to find a way through international sanctions

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is willing to support North Korea to open its sky to international airliners by launching direct flight routes between two Koreas.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has indicated he is willing to help North Korea open its airspace to international flights that land at or take off from Incheon Airport, about 50km southwest of Seoul. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un suggested the opening back in February, but the matter of international sanctions has not been cleared.

Opening the air space would bring financial benefits to North Korea, which could collect fees every time a passenger jet uses its airspace, as well as to airlines, which would no long have make costly detours around North Korea.

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