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

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

The Canadian government is keeping a tight lid on which countries have been invited and plan to attend Tuesday's meeting, which Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is organizing with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "Canada has repeatedly engaged with and updated China on the Vancouver Ministerial Meeting". Chinese exports to North Korea declined 23.4 percent in the same period.

"We all know that the worldwide community is playing an extremely important role in defusing, de-escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula", Trudeau said.

Lu's comments were provided on condition that the entire statement be quoted.

China and Russian Federation - despite not being invited to a conference in Canada on the North Korea crisis - must help defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

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.

After North Korea tested its most powerful nuclear device yet and launched missiles capable of reaching the USA, the UN Security Council imposed a series of sanctions restricting oil imports and cutting off about 90 percent of its export revenue. The State Department's director of policy planning Brian Hook says Washington will look for practical mechanisms to pressure Pyongyang.

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.

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.

Despite U.S. President Donald Trump saying in a tweet he thought this is a sign that UN-approved economic sanctions against North Korea are working, Hook said Thursday, "it was largely limited to the Olympics" and "I don't read much beyond it, other than that".

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