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Tillerson to attend North Korea talks in Canada - US State Department

China criticizes Vancouver meeting Vancouver's North Korea meeting: Opaque agenda, odd group of participants
Kenny Thornton | 13 January, 2018, 04:10

In that conversation, the two leaders promised to intensify policy coordination on the North Korean nuclear issue. I'm not saying I have or haven't. He also emphasized close discussion between Seoul and Washington in their future dealings with the North.

During the phone talks, the South Korean foreign minister explained to the US secretary of state about the outcome of the inter-Korean dialogue. "Should the United States and its followers try to enforce the naval blockade against our country, we will see it as an act of war and respond with merciless self-defensive counter-measures as we have warned repeatedly", a government-controlled media outlet said.

He also said China and Russian Federation, which have not been invited, will be briefed on the discussions after the meeting.

The countries invited to send representatives to Vancouver are the so-called "Sending Powers", those that contributed troops or aid to the United Nations war effort in 1950s Korea.

But Hook said the idea was one of many being explored, and that the allies invited to Vancouver would be consulted.

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"And maritime interdiction helps us to disrupt resources and then the financial side helps us to disrupt the financing of their nuclear and missile program".

"If both China and Russian Federation are absent from the meeting, then the significance and the utility of the gathering will be greatly discounted", Wenran Jiang, an expert on Asian politics from the University of Alberta, said in an email. But now that North Korea has developed the weapons and the missiles to carry them, it's not likely to give it up, experts say. China and Russian Federation - who supported the North Korea side during the war - were not. "This is not an alternative to everything that we are doing".

Ties between Canada and Japan were strained in November, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised last-minute objections to an effort by the remaining 11 participants in a Pacific trade pact to revive the deal without Trump.

Trump has leaned heavily on China to use its economic clout to rein in North Korea, but Kim has shown no sign of halting Pyongyang's race to become a nuclear power capable of striking the United States.

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