Trump hails China for cutting trade with North Korea

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"India supports efforts to bring about peace, stability, reconciliation, de-nuclearisation and reunification of the Korean peninsula through dialogue and diplomacy", Kumar said.

Both countries have denied the charges, but the reports have nonetheless put a spotlight on the importance of maritime trade and smuggling to the North Korean government's continued survival and weapons development.

Instead, only those countries that deployed troops as part of the United Nations during the Korean War between 1950 and 1953 have been invited to participate in the discussions, which China has blasted as "Cold War thinking".

It will be co-hosted by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

China, the main source of North Korea's fuel, did not export any gasoline, jet fuel, diesel or fuel oil to its neighbour in November.

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He also said China and Russian Federation, which have not been invited, will be briefed on the discussions after the meeting.

"We do not consider it possible to support an event that could lead to an aggravation of the already tense situation on the Korean Peninsula ..."

"We all know that the global community is playing an extremely important role in defusing, de-escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula", Trudeau said. All parties should work to defuse tensions and promote dialogue, rather than blindly resort to pressure and isolation.

She reminded that the UN Security Council had adopted the resolution 2397, which stipulated new restrictions against North Korea over its nuclear program, less than a month ago. "Should the United States and its followers try to enforce the naval blockade against our country, we will see it as an act of war and respond with merciless self-defensive counter-measures as we have warned repeatedly", a government-controlled media outlet said. "This ministerial will enhance and strengthen all of the efforts underway to achieve our policy goals". In comments to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he "probaby [has] a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", the North Korean leader. However, it's thought South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will hold bilateral talks with Tillerson ahead of the Vancouver meeting.

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