China criticizes Vancouver meeting on N.Korea

China criticizes Vancouver meeting on N.Korea

China's trade with North Korea shrank by more than half last month, as Beijing implements United Nations sanctions against Kim Jong Un's nuclear weapons program. Several news reports have indicated that China will not be attending.

Meanwhile, Japan is questioning why countries like Colombia and Greece will be there - and it won't.

"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".

Vice President Mike Pence will lead the official U.S. delegation.

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

The Vancouver waterfront may seem like a curious locale to plot such strategy but academic Roland Paris said Canada is doing Tillerson a favour by helping showcase global solidarity for the pressure campaign.

"It will only create divisions within the worldwide community and harm joint efforts to appropriately resolve the Korean peninsula nuclear issue", spokesman Lu Kang was quoted as telling reporters in Beijing.

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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 goal of this event, announced by the Canadian organizers, namely, discussion of possible steps to further increase pressure on North Korea, also raises serious questions", Zakharova said.

He argued the resolution of the problem should be achieved through such frameworks as the suspended 6-party talks on the North's nuclear program and the UN Security Council, which involve North Korea and China.

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. "This is not an alternative to everything that we are doing".

On Wednesday night, Moon held a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump, sharing a possibility that the inter-Korean talks can naturally lead to a dialogue between the United States and the DPRK for the denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Pyongyang also agreed to send its high-ranking delegation and athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which are set to run from February to March in South Korea's eastern county of PyeongChang.

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