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Mattis praised South Korea's "steadfast action upholding United Nations sanctions at sea", noting South Korea has impounded two ships that were found violating the U.N. Resolutions using ship-to-ship transfer at cargo at sea.

North Korea is sending athletes, including hockey players for a unified South Korea-North Korea team, to the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

The coal carried by the North Korean vessels was unloaded at the Russian ports and moved to other ships that then traveled to South Korea or Japan, the sources said.

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".

North Korea plans to send a delegation composed of athletes, ranking officials and cheerleaders, to the Olympics in the South.

Critics also said that if Seoul charters a plane from an airline which is now providing flights to the USA, the move would violate US sanctions.

"I'll meet President Moon Jae In to convey the Japanese government's position clearly to him and strongly urge South Korea to faithfully implement the agreement", Abe said.

Amid a reconciliatory mood between the two Koreas, Abe is eager to urge Moon to stay on board with the idea of strengthening pressure on the North rather than encouraging dialogue that could let the isolated state be acknowledged as a nuclear power.

His trip to Seoul came as South and North Korea resumed high-level talks earlier this month, for the first time in more than two years, at the truce village of Panmunjom, to discuss the North's participation in the February 9-25 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Some analysts have argued that the recent dialogue, brought on by a New Year's Day proclamation by Kim that encouraged talks, is a tactic to try to separate South Korea from the us, its security guarantor.

This photo, provided by South Korea's unification ministry on January 26, 2018, shows Masikryong Ski Resort in North Korea.

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

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.

The Kremlin also denied reports saying "Russia is a responsible member of the worldwide community and is committed to global rules and sanctions", on Friday.

The United States has led efforts to toughen UN sanctions to force North Korea to give up development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting America.

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