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Busy North Korean restaurant in China turning away South Koreans

Busy North Korean restaurant in China turning away South Koreans

Analysts see North Korea's need for Chinese oil as the most powerful economic leverage against Pyongyang.

"The meeting will bring together nations from across the globe to demonstrate global solidarity against 's risky and illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programs", the department said in a statement Thursday. The so-called Vancouver Group is formed by the countries that fought in the 1950-53 Korean War.

The Trump administration is "pleased that China is sharply reducing its trade with North Korea", the White House said Friday in an official statement.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will co-host the Vancouver Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday to address North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, according to a statement.

Brian Hook, the State Department's policy director, said that the US believes that its diplomatic pressure campaign is the best way to force North Korea to the negotiating table, and that maritime interdiction will help to crack down on smuggling and sanctions-busting.

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Some countries, even friends of the United States, may be concerned that such methods could increase military tensions or be interpreted as an act of war by the isolated North.

On Thursday, Trump suggested in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that he could have a good relationship with Kim, though he left vague the extent of his dealings with the North Korean leader. "I'm not saying I have or haven't", he said.

"And maritime interdiction helps us to disrupt resources".

That's a fine idea, except two of the top players in the region and the countries believed to have the most influence on North Korea- China and Russian Federation - aren't invited.

He also said that China would continue to make its own efforts to push the peninsula nuclear issue back to the track of dialogue and consultation as well as settlement.


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