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The Trump administration has still not ruled out military action against North Korea, and the possibility remains that conflict could result if the North responds to the restart of joint drills with fresh action. "If he believes South Korea has gone too far on inter-Korean cooperation and done little on denuclearization, he could. punish the South".

Russian Federation on Friday denied reports that its ports were intermediaries for banned North Korean coal exports, helping to disguise shipments of the sanctioned commodity to South Korea and Japan.

26 cited three anonymous Western European intelligence sources as confirming that North Korea had loaded coal previous year onto boats to Russian Federation, from which it was transported to South Korea and Japan in a "likely violation of United Nations sanctions".

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

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He added that the response to the threat remained "diplomacy led, backed up with military options available to ensure that our diplomats are understood to be speaking from a position of strength".

In an interview with Yonhap News Agency, conducted after his trip on Friday to the Joint Security Area (JSA) and the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, which separates South and North Korea, Schroeder underlined the importance of patience to get over differences caused by decadeslong division. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has confirmed his attendance as has United States Vice President Mike Pence.

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.

"The other source told Radio Free Asia that North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics, scheduled to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is a way to solicit charity while appearing to mend relations", Fox reported.

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The South Korean skiers who will participate in two days of joint training with their North Korean counterparts at the Masikryong Ski Resort in North Korea either in late January or early February are likely to fly there via the Kalma International Airport in Wonsan, Gangwon Province.

Stratfor, a US geopolitical intelligence group, said recently that the United States may end up standing by as the DPRK promotes its nuclear weapons development.

Roughly 600 people from the South and North will sit in on the event, which will be the first inter-Korean cultural exchange in more than two years.

Abe also intends to tell Moon that their countries and the U.S. need to work closely together to deal with North Korea's nuclear and missile development.

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