China's imports from North Korea plummet in December, lowest for 4 years

China's imports from North Korea plummet in December, lowest for 4 years

China's imports from North Korea plummet in December, lowest for 4 years

He also said the meeting does not involve all the key countries related to the North Korean nuclear issue.

"China is very reluctant to attend meetings about North Korea that don't include North Korea".

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.

China, the main source of North Korea's fuel, did not export any gasoline, jet fuel, diesel or fuel oil to its neighbour in November. Russian Federation and China, the two nations with arguably the greatest sway over the regime, will not be there, making it unlikely the Vancouver meeting gathering will produce a significant breakthrough, Paris said.

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But it was not immediately clear Thursday who else will be on hand. The official said Canada never got to the "juncture" of inviting China to the actual summit because there was an awareness that Chinese views on the way to move forward are different than those in North America.

"We do not consider it possible to support an event that could lead to an aggravation of the already tense situation on the Korean Peninsula ..."

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.

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.

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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.

"China is working with us". This ministerial will enhance and strengthen all of the efforts under way. 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.

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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