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Chinese Trade With North Korea Plunged by 50 Percent Last Month

Chinese Trade With North Korea Plunged by 50 Percent Last Month

Without the participation of key parties in the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, such a meeting would not help resolve issue properly.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will host the meeting, which will focus on bringing security and stability on the Korean Peninsula. Several news reports have indicated that China will not be attending.

"We will be discussing with our partners and allies the kind of steps that we can take on maritime interdiction and also to be cutting, disrupting funding and disrupting resources", he said.

"We look forward to engaging with a broad range of partners next week in Vancouver", Trudeau said in London, Ont., where Liberal cabinet ministers were wrapping up two days of meetings before the return of Parliament on January 29.

A government official reached Thursday afternoon, who would not speak on the record, was not aware of a formal invitation being extended to China for the summit meeting itself, which features about 20 participants. Chinese exports to North Korea declined 23.4 percent in the same period.

China says main parties not in Vancouver for meeting on N. Korea, so won't attend

Lu said countries should work to defuse tensions and promote dialogue, rather than isolating Pyongyang.

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.

Responding to such concerns on Thursday, Brian Hook, the director of policy planning within the U.S. State Department, said the meeting is focused on United Nations sending states only, but key regional players like neighbours China and Russian Federation are being kept apprised.

Japan's government has also raised questions about the conference, including why Colombia and Greece were invited when they have no real role these days in the region.

On Wednesday night, Moon held a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump, sharing a possibility that the inter-Korean talks can naturally lead to a dialogue between the United States and the DPRK for the denuclearized Korean Peninsula. 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.

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