Moscow Calls Vancouver Meeting on Pyongyang 'Inappropriate Cold War Mindset'

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

Canada and the United States don't seem to agree on whether China should've been on the guest list for a North Korea summit both countries are hosting in Vancouver next week. "We hope they will attend", he said of China Dec. 20, the day Freeland announced details alongside U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Ottawa.

Western security officials have accused Russian Federation and China of exporting oil to North Korea in recent months, which would be a violation of United Nations sanctions.

A senior U.S. official said Thursday the United States plans to lobby allies at a major meeting next week to stop and inspect suspect ships bound for North Korea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told journalists Wednesday that the meeting will not help the situation because key players are not included.

He also said China and Russian Federation, which have not been invited, will be briefed on the discussions after the meeting.

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.

"This action supports the United States-led global effort to apply maximum pressure until the North Korean regime ends its illicit programs, changes its behavior, and moves toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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She reminded that the UN Security Council had adopted the resolution 2397, which stipulated new restrictions against North Korea over its nuclear program, less than a month ago.

Hook, meanwhile, defended the decision not to invite China and Russian Federation to Vancouver, which State Department under-secretary Steven Goldstein later said was made in conjunction with Canada.

"China is working with us".

After months of soaring tensions, North Korea agreed this week to send athletes to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, in what was seen as a potential sign of a cooling-off period. "This is not an alternative to everything that we are doing", Hook said. This ministerial will enhance and strengthen all of the efforts under way.

Tuesday's meeting in Vancouver will include foreign ministers from an interesting group of countries mainly based on 17 nations that fought together in the Korean War.

Commenting on Tuesday's high-level talks between two countries, the spokesperson reiterated Moscow's position towards the conflict on the Korean peninsula by saying that Russian Federation is ready to assist in enhancing dialogue between South and North Korea.

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