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11 August 2018, 02:02 | Darnell Patrick
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"Potential locations for the summit are not limited to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, ." is what the spokesperson for the South Korean Presidential Office said Friday. while fielding questions about the meeting tentatively scheduled for this fall.
The Security Council past year adopted three rounds of tough economic sanctions on North Korea, banning most of its exports of raw commodities and severely restricting oil supplies.
The delegation, including 84 young footballers, will travel by bus to Pyongyang for their 10-day visit, marking the first overland trip by South Korean civilians to the North's capital in almost seven years. Cheong Wa Dae said "proper steps" will be taken as soon as a government probe into the coal shipments is completed.
The coal originated from the North Korean ports of Wonsan, Chongjin, Daean and Songlim and were transshipped via the Russian ports of Kholmsk and Vladivostok.
In the first such case, some 4,119 tons of North Korean coal were first brought into South Korea through the Hong Kong-flagged Jin Ao in April.
But it has emerged that the South Korean government was tipped off by the U.S. Embassy here.
South Korean authorities launched a probe into the allegations in October a year ago, after it received tips about South Korean ships importing North Korean coal after transshipping the coal at three Russian ports.
Importing North Korean coal constitutes a violation of the tax law for illegal imports.
But a recent United Nations report showed Pyongyang was continuing with its nuclear and missile programmes and evading sanctions through ship-to-ship oil transfers.
Some North Korean analysts remain sceptical about recent developments in negotiations, however.
"This is a grave diplomatic issue that can not be neglected".
North Korea has called on the United States to reciprocate its "goodwill measures" by easing sanctions and stopping demands that the North denuclearise first, which they branded insulting.
According to Iranian media, Mr Ri said his country would seek to retain its nuclear skills for when the USA would revert to a more aggressive position against Pyongyang.
North Korea slammed the United States for lacking "basic decorum" in nuke talks.
North Korea top leader Kim Jong Un met US President Donald Trump in June in Singapore, where they signed a joint statement, agreeing to push for establishing diplomatic ties, building peace on the Korean Peninsula and completely denuclearizing the peninsula together.
Two South Korean under-15 teams, FC Gangwon and Yeoncheon Miracle, will compete in the Ari Sports Cup, a youth football tournament that runs from August 13 to 18 and also includes China, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Belarus.
The North noted that they returned remains of US soldiers who fought in the Korean War to the USA last week.
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