White House 'Pleased' With Report China Has Reduced Trade With North Korea

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

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

"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.

"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 ..." Still, the Canadian Press had reported at the end of November that "Freeland said her Chinese counterpart would be among the invitees".

"China will not attend such a meeting".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in his first New Year's press conference Wednesday that improved inter-Korean relations can not be separated from the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, noting that the two issues should be pursued simultaneously to create a virtuous cycle between them. "From the very beginning, China considers the meeting meaningless and firmly opposes it".

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 United States, on the other hand, to abstain from carrying out joint drills, in order to stabilize the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

The Chinese customs agency said Friday that imports from the North shrank 81.6 per cent to $54 million while exports to the isolated, impoverished country contracted 23.4 per cent to $260 million. "The main channels for handling and resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue should still be the framework of six party talks and the UN Security Council".


State Department director of policy planning Brian Hook said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would be looking for help developing "practical mechanisms" to pressure Pyongyang.

"China is working with us", he said. "This is not an alternative to everything that we are doing", Hook said.

Both Canadian and American officials said that they will be briefing China on the results of the Vancouver summit.

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.

US President Donald Trump suggests he could have a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

China has criticized an upcoming meeting of foreign ministers in Canada to discuss ways to increase pressure on North Korea.

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