Russian Federation denies involvement in North Korean coal smuggling
- Author: Ryan Wade Jan 29, 2018,
Jan 29, 2018, 9:02
But Mattis has consistently stressed non-military actions, including worldwide sanctions. This suggests that between 200 and 300 figures from South Korea's cultural, artistic, athletic and civic groups, along with members of the general public, will be able to attend the cultural event.
En route to Hawaii, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the United States has an "ironclad alliance" with South Korea, and while Kim Jong Un's nuclear program "is still in the diplomats' hands", military options for the defense of South Korea exist and "are always ready".
Sources also say that South and North Korea will each receive half of the seats that have a clear view of the stage (which represent about half of the total 620 seats in the concert hall).
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Thursday that a military response to Pyongyang's provocations would be "unacceptable".
Mattis insisted his meeting with Song "was not set up directly because of the Olympics" or the ongoing talks.
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The gesture stands in sharp contrast to the threats of war between the leaders of North Korea and the United States, South Korea's greatest ally, according to The New York Times.
Abe reiterated his intention to attend the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on February 9.
Concern that the North Korean security situation could deteriorate after next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea is likely behind Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to attend the opening ceremony despite tensions between Tokyo and Seoul over the scars of their shared past.
"Diplomacy should repose reason on Kim's reckless rhetoric and risky provocations", he said.
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Reuters writes that it could not independently verify that North Korean coal has been shipped through Russian Federation as described by its sources, or if so, whether the owners of the ships involved knew they were transporting banned goods.
Sigal Mandelker, U.S. undersecretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, criss-crossed the region this week seeking more effective cooperation on the sanctions.
Stratfor, a USA geopolitical intelligence group, said recently that the United States may end up standing by as the DPRK promotes its nuclear weapons development.
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