Donald Trump hails China for reducing commerce with North Korea

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Canada next week to co-host an worldwide foreign ministerial meeting on addressing North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, his spokeswoman said Thursday.

At the same time, he said any solution to the regional problem must also take into account and address concerns about the proliferation linkages of North Korea's nuclear and missile programme.

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.

The move was initiated due to Pyongyang's refusal to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, thus violating the UNSC resolutions.

A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry revealed Wednesday that his country will not be at the table, even as he criticized the meeting and suggested it will set back - rather than advance - peace efforts. It will be co-hosted by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

"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".

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In response to North Korean ballistic missile and nuclear weapons testing, such as the launches of three intercontinental ballistic missiles and the detonation of a staged thermonuclear bomb created to level cities, the U.N. Security Council has imposed tough sanctions on the rogue regime.

Earlier, a senior Seoul official said the South made a proposal to the North for both to form a united women's ice hockey team to participate in the Winter Olympics.

North Koreans are also genuinely anxious the United States could launch a preventive war on the peninsula.

North Korea agreed to send athletes as part of a delegation to the Games.

"The United States blabbers on about religious freedom and speaks blasphemously of our republic's highest dignity", the North Korean council said, according to KCNA.

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