Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

White House 'Pleased' With Report China Has Reduced Trade With North Korea

White House 'Pleased' With Report China Has Reduced Trade With North Korea

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.

China's imports from North Korea plunged in December to their lowest level in dollar terms since at least the start of 2014, with trade curbed by United Nations sanctions aimed at persuading Pyongyang to abandon its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.

After U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter-bashed China's furtive efforts to sell refined oil to North Korea on the high seas, China suddenly announced on January 5 that it would immediately impose a wide-ranging embargo against North Korea to "implement UN Resolution 2397". She said the USA helped bring the results of the inter-Korean talks by firmly maintaining its principles for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He also emphasized close discussion between Seoul and Washington in their future dealings with the North. "I think you people are surprised".

China and Russian Federation - despite not being invited to a conference in Canada on the North Korea crisis - must help defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

The move comes as Canada prepares for a meeting with allies in Vancouver next week, where the main topic will be finding ways to further squeeze the North Korean government and get it to give up its nuclear program.

The ministers will discuss steps to thwart North Korea's evasion of sanctions, including through maritime interdiction, State Department Director of Policy Planning Brian Hook said in a press briefing. China and Russian Federation, which both oppose the proposal for maritime interdiction, have not been invited to the summit.

The White House issued a statement Friday to recognize news that trade between China and North Korea dropped 50 percent in December as a result of tightening sanctions.

"We believe that only in this format, at the negotiating table, in a calm and normal atmosphere this very complex problem can and should be solved", Zakharova said, ruling out any possibility of a military option.

"At the same time", he added, "we will continue the ongoing dialogue with all partners, including countries like Russian Federation and China who absolutely will play an important role in moving towards peace on the Korean peninsula". This ministerial will enhance and strengthen all of the efforts under way.

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