Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

White House praises China reduction in North Korea trade

White House praises China reduction in North Korea trade

One of the options to be discussed, he said, would be naval interdiction to stop North Korean smuggling.

Canada and its Korean War allies will sit down in Vancouver next week to mull ways to tighten the screws on North Korea - including whether to intercept North Korean shipping.

According to him, North Koreans officials believe the USA public opinion is inching closer to supporting a pre-emptive strike because they fear Pyongyang would attack the soon as it had the opportunity to do so-a serious misperception, one diplomat told Vorontsov. Canada was one of 17 countries to contribute troops to the United Nations force.

However, some key players will not participate in the event: North Korea itself, as well as Russian Federation and China, which are opposing the event, urging the sides of the conflict to engage in talks and stop actions, which might potentially escalate it (proposing so-called "double-freeze" plan). In addition to reducing trade, China has also severed business ties, restricted financial transactions, kicked out workers, and closed down companies.

Chinese exports to North Korea declined 23.4 percent in the same period.

The Vancouver meeting, cohosted by the USA and Canada, will discuss diplomatic efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.

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The meeting in Vancouver on January 16 is co-hosted by Canada and the U.S., which want to demonstrate worldwide solidarity against Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.

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. "They have taken action in some areas".

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will attend a meeting of foreign ministers set to open in Vancouver on Tuesday.

Global Affairs Canada spokeswoman Amy Mills said Canada recognizes the essential role that China has to play in any diplomatic efforts involving North Korea, and has "repeatedly engaged" with it about the Vancouver meeting.

"At the same time", he added, "we will continue the ongoing dialogue with all partners, including countries like Russian Federation and China who absolutely will play an important role in moving towards peace on the Korean peninsula".

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