White House hails drop in Chinese trade with North Korea

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South Korea recenly seized two product tankers on charges of making illicit high-seas fuel transfers to North Korean ships, but these arrests occurred in port, not in global waters.

In telephone talks with U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson Friday morning, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha explained the results of Tuesday's inter-Korean talks, emphasizing Seoul's will to simultaneously pursue an improvement in inter-Korean relations and a solution to the North Korean nuclear issue.

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.

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 U.S., on the other hand, to abstain from carrying out joint drills, in order to stabilize the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

"Canada is now ready to get back and Vancouver is the vehicle", Grinius said in an interview.

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Instead, only those countries that deployed troops as part of the United Nations during the Korean War between 1950 and 1953 have been invited to participate in the discussions, which China has blasted as "Cold War thinking".

He also said China and Russian Federation, which have not been invited, will be briefed on the discussions after the meeting. The key players aren't there, ' he said.

However, both North Korea and the United States have shown a similar stance towards the plan, not responding to it.

But Hook said the idea was one of many being explored, and that the allies invited to Vancouver would be consulted.

"The sports diplomacy may create the environment for how you talk about getting to good talks", Lopez said. Meanwhile, while Japan, which plays host to about 50,000 USA military personnel, sees itself as among the most likely targets of North Korea's weapons. That means the West will have to confront the reality of a nuclear North Korea. "I don't think they are going to negotiate it away", Grinius said.

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