United States hails China's reduction of trade with N. Korea

  • United States hails China's reduction of trade with N. Korea

United States hails China's reduction of trade with N. Korea

This peaceful initiative, proposed by Moscow and Beijing, urged Pyongyang, from the one hand, to declare a moratorium on nuclear tests and missile launches and South Korea and the U.S., on the other hand, to abstain from carrying out joint drills, in order to stabilize the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Both countries have denied the charges, but the reports have nonetheless put a spotlight on the importance of maritime trade and smuggling to the North Korean government's continued survival and weapons development. Asked whether this meant China had been invited, with the blessing of the USA, he said "yes".

"We look forward to engaging with a broad range of partners next week in Vancouver", Trudeau said in London, Ont., where Liberal cabinet ministers were wrapping up two days of meetings before the return of Parliament on January 29.

But it was not immediately clear Thursday who else will be on hand.

"There's no expectation that this meeting in Vancouver will be where a resolution to the crisis is going to be discussed".

In November, China imported no iron ore, coal or lead from North Korea, the second full month of the U.

"It will only create divisions within the global community and harm joint efforts to appropriately resolve the Korean peninsula nuclear issue", spokesman Lu Kang was quoted as telling reporters in Beijing. All parties should work to defuse tensions and promote dialogue, rather than blindly resort to pressure and isolation.

Responding to such concerns on Thursday, Brian Hook, the director of policy planning within the U.S. State Department, said the meeting is focused on United Nations sending states only, but key regional players like neighbours China and Russian Federation are being kept apprised. "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.

Japan has also raised concerns around the meeting, with Japanese officials suggesting too many countries are invited.

Kang and Tillerson held a telephone conversation earlier in the day, talking about the recently-held high-level talks between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and ways to strengthen cooperation between South Korea and the United States.