Tillerson to go to Canada's N. Korea talks

Tillerson to go to Canada's N. Korea talks

Tillerson to go to Canada's N. Korea talks

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed signs that China, North Korea's main economic partner, was "sharply reducing" trade with its neighbor.

Lu, speaking at a press briefing, said the meeting next Tuesday in Vancouver, to be co-hosted by the United States and Canada, is "meaningless" as it does not involve all key countries connected to the North Korean nuclear issue and reflects "a Cold War mentality that can only create divisions in the worldwide community".

One of the options to be discussed, he said, would be naval interdiction to stop North Korean smuggling. "I have relationships with people".

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The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States had a phone conversation Friday to discuss the outcome of recent inter-Korean talks and ways to strengthen their coordination on major issues of mutual concern, the foreign ministry here said. 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. "I think you people are surprised". "Should the United States and its followers try to enforce the naval blockade against our country, we will see it as an act of war and respond with merciless self-defensive counter-measures as we have warned repeatedly", a government-controlled media outlet said. Trump would not confirm whether he has spoken with Kim, saying only that he didn't want to comment.

"And maritime interdiction helps us to disrupt resources".

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.

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China reported earlier that its imports from North Korea plunged 33 per cent previous year - and 81.6 per cent in December.

"In terms of how big of an impact it (falling trade) had on North Korea, there was definitely impact because some of their products could only go to China while others could only be imported from China", said Chen Fengying, an economics expert at state-backed China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.

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