Tillerson to host NK meeting in Canada

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

China is taking aim at an global summit on North Korea in Vancouver next week, saying the event co-hosted by Canada and the United States is likely to do more harm than good.

While Chinese exports to North Korea increased in 2017 by 8.3 percent, imports slumped 33 percent from the year earlier, Market Watch reports.

China is by far North Korea's largest trading partner, both as an importer and exporter, but the Associated Press reports China's imports from the North shrank 81.6 percent and exports dipped 23.4 percent.

He said: "These officials were truly baffled that a majority of the South Korean population does not seem to have grasped the reality that the Trump administration, despite the risks, is inching ever closer to a preventive strike on North Korea".

As Beijing implemented new United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang, China reported a sharp drop in business with North Korea in 2017. All told, trade between the two sides fell nearly 51 percent during the month.

China has "closed some sanctions gaps", Brian Hook, director of policy planning for U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, told reporters in Washington on Thursday.


A resolution adopted by the UN Security Council bans UN members from importing items including coal, iron ore and seafood from North Korea.

"We have been very clear with them about the action that we need them to take against individuals or entities under Chinese control that are ... helping or facilitating or supporting North Korea's nuclear and missile program", he said.

"If both China and Russian Federation are absent from the meeting, then the significance and the utility of the gathering will be greatly discounted", Wenran Jiang, an expert on Asian politics from the University of Alberta, said in an email.

Following the first intra-Korean talks, the two sides had agreed to hold talks on January 20, hosted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

South Korea on Friday proposed working-level talks with the North on the latter's participation in the Winter Olympics set for next month, according to the South's Unification Ministry.

"These officials feared that the US was already trying to shape the battlefield for a military operation against the North, and that South Koreans do not seem to have grasped the reality that the Trump administration is set on a course for preventive war", Vorontsov wrote.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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