South Korea pondering whether to provide North Korea oil for Olympics preparation

29 January, 2018, 09:04 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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"The Russian port of Nakhodka has become a transport hub for coal from North Korea", said a source of European intelligence, wishing to be anonymous for diplomatically sensitive information.

But North Korea, which agreed to participate in the Winter Games as part of rare talks with the South, demanded a complete suspension.

North Korea violated United Nations sanctions a year ago by shipping coal to Russian Federation which was then delivered to South Korea and Japan, Western European intelligence sources said.

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

On whether K-pop artists would join the event, the official only said they are considering showcasing South Korean "contemporary music".

Mattis reiterated that military options remain at the ready to make sure diplomats have leverage in pressuring Pyongyang to denuclearize. (South Korea Unification Ministry via AP) South Korea and North Korea women's ice hockey team players meet at the South Korea's national training center in Jincheon on January 25.North Korean women's ice hockey players during a training session at the Jincheon national training center in Jincheon, South Korea on January 26.

However, in the run-up to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, tensions seem to have subsided for now, although experts said the battle of words could pick up at a later point, once the games have concluded.

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"Diplomacy should impose reason on Kim's reckless rhetoric and unsafe provocations", Mattis said, according to Reuters.

A South Korean government official said Sunday that Seoul is now considering the move as "the North's oil supplies aren't in good condition" but there has been criticism "this would go against the flow of worldwide sanctions on Pyongyang".

North Korea strongly condemned the United States Saturday for passing its own sanctions against the North, calling the sanctions a clear and reckless violation of its sovereignty, Yonhap reported.

The United States banned the transfer of refined oil products to and from North Korea in August of a year ago.

"South and North Korea should not stop trying to get closer to each other and it is important to try that constantly with patience and deep breath".

In Davos, Kang told Reuters that South Korea is approaching talks with North Korea "with all contingencies in mind" in an attempt to understand North Korea's intentions.

"When it comes to joint events, the South is in consultation with the USA and the global community in a bid not to spark a row over a possible violation of sanctions", Baik said.

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