Chinese trade with North Korea plunged by 50% last month

China says main parties not in Vancouver for meeting on N. Korea, so won't attend

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated in November 2017, when North Korea conducted a missile launch, the first since September 15. In comments to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he "probaby [has] a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", the North Korean leader.

But Mr Hook said Washington remained in contact with China about enforcing the sanctions and pressuring Mr Kim, and that both Beijing and Moscow would be briefed after the talks.

The Vancouver waterfront may seem like a curious locale to plot such strategy but academic Roland Paris said Canada is doing Tillerson a favour by helping showcase global solidarity for the pressure campaign.

"The Russian Federation has repeatedly said that it is ready to assist in carrying out negotiations, the negotiation process, in the settlement", Zakharova stated. But there was a desire on the Canadian side to invite the Chinese to Vancouver for side meetings.

Mr. Tillerson is slated to co-host with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

A different official, asking not to have the information attributed to them, said that "we did not expect China to attend this meeting".


"We do not consider it possible to support an event that could lead to an aggravation of the already tense situation on the Korean Peninsula ..."

Some countries, even friends of the USA, may be concerned that such methods could increase military tensions or be interpreted as an act of war by Mr Kim's isolated regime.

The ministers will discuss steps to thwart North Korea's evasion of sanctions, including through maritime interdiction, State Department Director of Policy Planning Brian Hook said in a press briefing.

"China is working with us".

Japan's government has also raised questions about the conference, including why Colombia and Greece were invited when they have no real role these days in the region.

Pyongyang also agreed to send its high-ranking delegation and athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which are set to run from February to March in South Korea's eastern county of PyeongChang. South Korea recenly seized two product tankers on charges of making illicit high-seas fuel transfers to North Korean ships, but these arrests occurred in port, not in global waters.

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