SKorea approves NKorea deals amid conservative opposition

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The government of South Korean President Moon Jae-in has formally approved the rapprochement deals he made with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month.

The step is largely seen as an effort by Moon to show he's determined to carry out the deals despite growing skepticism about whether his engagement policy could eventually lead to North Korea's nuclear disarmament.

Moon's Cabinet endorsed the deals during a meeting Tuesday.

Moon's office said the president "ratified" the deals later in the day.

The back-to-back endorsements are certain to deepen a national divide in South Korea because conservatives have opposed such moves, saying the North Korea deals will undermine national security and waste taxpayers' money.

In South Korea, a president can ratify some agreements with North Korea without parliamentary endorsement.