White House praises China reduction in North Korea trade


Last week, in response to a question about whether Canada had yet received a reply from China, Austen didn't qualify his earlier response and simply said there was "no update".

"There's no expectation that this meeting in Vancouver will be where a resolution to the crisis is going to be discussed".

The Trudeau government has provided little information in the days leading up to the Vancouver summit, despite being a co-host, and appears to be instead consumed with the threat of a trade war with the U.S. Chinese exports to North Korea declined 23.4 percent in the same period.

"China will not attend such a meeting".

"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. It continued: "The current situation in the Korean Peninsula is very complicated and sensitive".

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.

"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.

After North Korea tested its most powerful nuclear device yet and launched missiles capable of reaching the US, the UN Security Council imposed a series of sanctions restricting oil imports and cutting off about 90 percent of its export revenue.

State Department director of policy planning Brian Hook said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would be looking for help developing "practical mechanisms" to pressure Pyongyang. "This is not an alternative to everything that we are doing", Hook said.

Meanwhile, Japan is questioning why countries like Colombia and Greece will be there - and it won't. South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is expected to be among the attendees, while US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will participate in a welcome dinner Monday.

The statement came after North and South Korean officials held their first direct talks in two years on Tuesday - after which announced that it would send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month.