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North Korea Illegally Shipped Coal to Russia — European Intelligence Sources

North Korea Illegally Shipped Coal to Russia — European Intelligence Sources”

Just before the new sanctions were passed, reports began to emerge that Washington was considering plans for a limited military strike against North Korea, possibly similar in scale to America's missile attack on a Syrian airbase early a year ago, which came in response to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons.

But Mattis pointed out that South Korean officials have promised to limit the talks to Olympics-related topics.

South Korean and USA defense chiefs met Friday to discuss North Korea, issuing a statement that continued diplomacy-backed sanctions can drive the rogue state to the negotiating table and tamp down the escalating threats between Pyongyang and Washington.

Mattis' remarks came during a visit to U.S. Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii on the last leg of a trip that also brought him to Indonesia and Vietnam.

Mattis also plans to meet with South Korea's Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo, who's also on Oahu.

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South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Thursday that a military response to Pyongyang's provocations would be "unacceptable".

Mattis reiterated that military options remain at the ready to make sure diplomats have leverage in pressuring Pyongyang to denuclearize.

The U.S. has welcomed recent breakthrough talks between the two Koreas but vowed to maintain its campaign of punishing economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure aimed at isolating the North Korean regime and forcing it to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

The 12-member delegation toured areas such as the Masikryong Ski Resort, Mt Kumgang area where a joint training event of skiers from the south and north sides and a joint cultural event are to be held ahead of the 23rd Winter Olympics.

Heightening the tension in the region, all the signs are that Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, is planning...

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The U.N. Security Council banned North Korean exports of coal last August under sanctions meant to cut off an important source of the foreign currency Pyongyang needs to fund its nuclear weapon and long-range missile program.

At the meeting, Abe is expected to call on South Korea to observe the December 2015 agreement the two nations signed to "finally and irreversibly" resolve the issue of the "comfort women", mainly Koreans, who were forced into prostitution for Japanese troops before and during World War II, the sources said.

Russian Federation has denied re-exporting North Korean coal by saying that it abide by the norms of global law.

The North has shown rapid progress toward its goal of developing a nuclear weapon that could reach the US mainland.

Kalma Airport, a military airfield that could be used to transport South Koreans participating in the skiing session, was also in decent shape, according to the ministry official.

North & South Korea agree to participate in Winter Olympic
Many neighbouring countries, including China and Japan , have yet to say whether they will send their leaders to the games. North and South Korea have been talking since last week - for the first time in more than two years - about the Olympics.



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