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North Korean officials wrap up Olympic inspection in South

North Korean officials wrap up Olympic inspection in South

For Choe, as long as the United States maintains a military presence in South Korea, there is no chance that North Korea would be willing to engage in denuclearization talks. An advance team of South Korean officials recently visited the resort to prepare for joint skiing training ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced a set of sanctions in September that include banning vessels and aircraft that have visited North Korea from visiting the U.S. within 180 days.

The prime minister plans to say Japan is implementing the agreement and will urge South Korea to do the same.

"Any efforts to drive a wedge in the U.S. -ROK Alliance would fail", it said.

Choe's comments come on the same day South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon indicated that the country's northern neighbor was planning to hold an "intimidating" military parade to mark the anniversary of the Korean People's Army (KPA) on February 8.

The reports come amid increasing scrutiny on North Korea's illicit shipping practices, with both the United Nations and the USA expressing concern in recent resolutions that trade in the DPRK's sanctioned commodities continues under the radar.

"Our combined militaries stand shoulder-to-shoulder ready to defend against any attack" on South Korea or the United States, he said.

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The state government has deployed police personnel to maintain law and order situation. Private firms, including IT majors, remained closed or let employees work from home.

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Erdogan said on Monday that the offensive had been agreed with Russian Federation but this has not been confirmed by Moscow. USA officials see the Turkish offensive as distracting from efforts to ensure ISIS militants in the region are defeated.

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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.

That the war of words between the Trump administration and North Korean President Kim Jong-un had entered a risky new phase, with rhetoric backed by an explicit threat, would not have been lost on Kim and his advisers.

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. President Moon Jae-in of South Korea would have also been acutely aware of the risk this posed to his country.

Some South Korean athletes are disdainful at the prospect of giving up their hard-earned spots for North Korean athletes, according to The New York Times.

The president's remarks have raised concerns in the region that the USA and North Korea are hurtling toward a confrontation.

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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