Korea's Olympic ice hockey diplomacy

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A Seoul official said on Sunday that South Korea asked the North to supply power for the cultural event, but Pyongyang replied that it can not ensure a stable power supply for the facilities built by South Korea. On the second day of its three-day visit, the eight-member advance team led by senior sports official Yun Yong-bok inspected the International Broadcasting Centre, which will house some 60 global broadcasters during the Winter Games that kick off on February 9.

Go Myong-Hyun, a research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, said the thaw in inter-Korean relations could put Trump in a better position in pressuring North Korea, as South Korea also takes a role in staging the pressure campaign.

Sources also say that South and North Korea will each receive half of the seats that have a clear view of the stage (which represent about half of the total 620 seats in the concert hall).

The U.S. -South Korean alliance is "ironclad and irreplaceable", Mattis said.

Tellingly, Trump's war-like rhetoric changed abruptly when news of possible North-South talks was announced - the USA president issuing positive remarks about their significance and postponing joint military exercises with South Korea.

The South Korean inspectors returned from the three-day trip on Thursday with positive reviews about the North Korean venues and the Kalma International Airport.

North Korean women's ice hockey players (left) receive flowers from South Korean players during a welcoming ceremony after arriving at South Korea's national training center.

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U.N. Security Council Resolution 2397 caps North Korea's imports of refined petroleum at 500,000 barrels a year.

Still, some analysts believe Pyongyang will ultimately be able to obtain a nuclear weapon that is capable of targeting the United States mainland.

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

The Defense Secretary reportedly said diplomacy would impose reason on the reckless rhetoric and risky provocations of North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un.

While the Moon administration and that of U.S. President Donald Trump have agreed not to carry out joint military drills during the Pyeongchang Games, Washington appears ready to restart them to place pressure on Pyongyang once the Paralympics end on March 18.

Nor were the images the first to make it into the public eye with US intelligence providing similar photographs to a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in September a year ago.

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