Intelligence expose embarrassed China, forced its hand on North Korean sanctions

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In a meeting with allies in Vancouver, B.C. next Tuesday, the United States and Canada are expected to ask for the authority to interdict vessels suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea. Hook also reiterated that the US has no plans to hold talks with North Korea during the Olympic period. In a statement Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that excluding certain U.N. Security Council members will "only create divisions within the global community and harm joint efforts to appropriately resolve the Korean peninsula nuclear issue". He also emphasized close discussion between Seoul and Washington in their future dealings with the North.

China and Russian supported the north during that conflict. Russian Federation and China, the two nations with arguably the greatest sway over the regime, will not be there, making it unlikely the Vancouver meeting gathering will produce a significant breakthrough, Paris said. "I think you people are surprised". Trump would not confirm whether he has spoken with Kim, saying only that he didn't want to comment.

The spokesperson said that the Chinese side had said many times that the United States and North Korea were the direct parties to the nuclear issue on the peninsula.

State Department director of policy planning Brian Hook said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would be looking for help developing "practical mechanisms" to pressure Pyongyang.

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The Kremlin strongman congratulated the North Korean dictator, saying he had won the latest stand-off with the US and South Korea. China on Friday reported that its trade with North Korea fell 10.5 percent in 2017, compared with the previous year.

The Chinese customs agency said Friday that imports from the North shrank 81.6 per cent to $54 million while exports to the isolated, impoverished country contracted 23.4 per cent to $260 million.

Invitations were focused on United Nations Command Sending States that supported South Korea during the Korean War, "of which China was not a part", State Dept. spokeswoman Nicole Thompson said in an email.

"China is working with us", he said.

However, some key players will not participate in the event: North Korea itself, as well as Russian Federation and China, which are opposing the event, urging the sides of the conflict to engage in talks and stop actions, which might potentially escalate it (proposing so-called "double-freeze" plan). This ministerial will enhance and strengthen all of the efforts under way.

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