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South Korea firms shipped nearly $6M of North Korea coal, pig iron

South Korea firms shipped nearly $6M of North Korea coal, pig iron

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Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Three South Korean companies illegally imported North Korean coal and pig iron in 2017, violating international sanctions adopted in August of last year. Shipments of North Korean coal into South Korea were smuggled into the country after the products were transshipped at a Russian port, according to South Korea's Customs Office on Friday, Yonhap reported. Exports of North Korean coal, iron ore and other resources are banned under United Nations Security Council sanctions Resolution 2371. The commodities are worth about $ 5.86 million, and shipments arrived in the South between April and October. The firms imported the coal as "Russian products," according to the Korea Herald. The companies have been referred to South Korea's prosecution, the customs office said. Shipmen...
North Korea calls on U.S. to end 1950-53 Korean War

North Korea calls on U.S. to end 1950-53 Korean War

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Aug. 8 (UPI) -- North Korea said the "military confrontation" between Pyongyang and Washington must come to an end, in order for trust to develop between the two countries. Workers' Party Newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Thursday the solution is a "declaration of the end of war," a reference to the 1950-53 conflict that ended in a truce and a divided peninsula. "As the military confrontation ends through the declaration of the end of war, an atmosphere conducive to trust building will emerge," the Rodong article stated. The Rodong stated the declaration of the war's end is a priority and a "necessity for the times." "It is the first step for peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and the region," the newspaper said. The Rodong also stated Pyongyang agreed to a declaration to the end of w...
Pentagon may send teams to find more U.S. remains in North Korea

Pentagon may send teams to find more U.S. remains in North Korea

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July 27 (UPI) -- As the United States accepted what is presumed to be the remains of 55 U.S. service members killed during the Korean War, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday he would consider sending military teams to North Korea to search for the bodies of thousands of U.S. troops believed to be missing there. Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday the next step in searching for and bringing home the other remains could happen if relations between Pyongyang and Washington improve. "It's certainly something we're interested in exploring with the North Koreans," Mattis said. "We look at it as a first step of a restored process, so we do want to explore additional efforts to bring others home -- perhaps have our own teams go in." Joint U.S. and North Korean efforts to disc...
North Korea returns the remains of US war dead

North Korea returns the remains of US war dead

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North Korea has returned the remains of what are believed to be US servicemen killed during the Korean War. A US military plane has made a rare trip from a South Korean airbase to a coastal city in North Korea in order to retrieve the remains of the fallen servicemen.During their summit last month, Kim Jong Un had promised Donald Trump that the handover would happen - making this the first tangible result from the talks.A formal repatriation ceremony is going to be held at Osan air base in South Korea on 1 August, and on Thursday, serving US soldiers and a military honour guard lined the tarmac to receive the remains. Image: The remains were carried in boxes covered in blue United Nations flags They were carried in box...
South Korea to trial withdrawing troops from border

South Korea to trial withdrawing troops from border

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SEOUL, July 24 (UPI) -- South Korea is seeking to pull out troops in a step to disarm the heavily-guarded border area as agreed in the inter-Korean summit in April. The Ministry of Defense said it will trial withdrawing forces at the surveillance Guard Post as the first step to turn the heavily-patrolled Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) into a ground for peace, in its report to the National Defense Committee at National Assembly, Yonhap reported. "After the test withdrawal at GP, we are aiming for a full withdrawal of troops in line with research on historical remains and ecology in the border region," the ministry said in the report. The ministry is considering reducing the number of guard forces at the Joint Security Area and allowing people to pass through freely. The JSA is located at the vi...