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South mulls meeting N. Korean request to fuel artists' ship

The North Korean ship Mangyongbong-92, carrying art troupe members, arrives at Mukho port in Donghae, South Korea, on Feb. 6, 2018. (Song Kyung-Seok/Pool Photo via AP)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea is reviewing whether to meet North Korea's request that Seoul provide fuel to the ferry that transported more than a hundred North Korean artists to the South to participate in performances marking the Pyeongchang Olympics.

    Seoul's Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun said on Wednesday that North Korea asked the South to supply fuel for the Mangyongbong-92. He refused to confirm how much fuel the North wants. It's also unclear how long the ferry will stay.

    Providing the fuel would be a difficult decision for Seoul.

    North Korea's decision to transport its artists by sea has triggered heated reaction in the South, where conservatives saw the move as a sure-fire sign the North is trying to use the Olympics to weaken U.S.-led sanctions and pressure against the country.


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