China, Japan criticizing upcoming conference on North Korea hosted in Vancouver

China Russia must help resolve NKorea crisis Trudeau

China Russia must help resolve NKorea crisis Trudeau

It will be co-hosted by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Next week, the United States and Canada are to host a meeting on the nuclear standoff with North Korea in Vancouver, bringing together friendly powers from around the world.

After U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter-bashed China's furtive efforts to sell refined oil to North Korea on the high seas, China suddenly announced on January 5 that it would immediately impose a wide-ranging embargo against North Korea to "implement UN Resolution 2397".

"We all know that the worldwide community is playing an extremely important role in defusing, de-escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula", Trudeau said. He also emphasized close discussion between Seoul and Washington in their future dealings with the North.

"In terms of how big of an impact it (falling trade) had on North Korea, there was definitely impact because some of their products could only go to China while others could only be imported from China", said Chen Fengying, an economics expert at state-backed China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations. "I don't think they are going to negotiate it away", Grinius said.

Some countries, even friends of the United States, may be concerned that such methods could increase military tensions or be interpreted as an act of war by the isolated North.

"The meeting will bring together nations from across the globe to demonstrate global solidarity against North Korea's risky and illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programs", the statement said.

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. Asked whether this meant China had been invited, with the blessing of the US, he said "yes".

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", he said.

The U.S. sees cutting off North Korea's economic ties with China - the country's dominant trading partner - as essential to forcing Kim back to the negotiating table.

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