Mattis wants to keep pressure on N Korea

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"Once the wire transfers are cleared through the USA financial institutions, payments are transmitted to offshore US dollar accounts maintained by front companies on behalf of the foreign financial institutions and the North Korean entities and/or parties from whom the North Korean sanctioned entities are seeking goods", the 33-page complaint says.

Speaking on his flight before landing at Pearl Harbor, Mattis also noted the USA was ready to "fight tonight" alongside South Korea, if attacked by the North. The South Korean advance team that reviewed the airport's safety measures and facilities, including the runway, taxiway and apron, pronounced the facilities and level of maintenance satisfactory.

According to the new filing, Yupeng and his wife committed wire and bank fraud when they directed 12 wire transfers into a USA account controlled by a family member in November 2015.

South Korea is reportedly agonizing over whether to send refined oil products to North Korea for a joint cultural event in the North's Mount Geumgang early next month.

All in all, the joint team could put South Korea on precarious political footing.

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

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The players and coaches held the session at the Jincheon National Training Center in Jincheon, 90 kilometers south east of South Korea's capital Seoul. The area has been designated as a focus for construction projects, including more hotels.

On whether K-pop artists would join the event, the official only said they are considering showcasing South Korean "contemporary music".

"The South is considering playing modern and traditional music and holding literary events. The North Koreans are apparently focusing on traditional music".

Experts say tourism is an important part of Kim's plans to boost the country's economy. His participation has heightened expectations of K-pop elements being incorporated or featured in the joint performance. Tours to the Kumkangsan resort were halted in 2008 following an incident in which a North Korean soldier fatally shot a South Korean tourist.

The amount of refined oil needed for the inter-Korean event is said to be about ten-thousand liters. They are set to wrap-up their three-day trip on Saturday.

In a move that might also ruffle some feathers south of the Demilitarized Zone, North Korea is also expected to hold a major military event, probably a parade, on the day before the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony.

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