US Seeks to Interdict North Korean Shipping

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"Trump Administration is pleased that China is sharply reducing its trade with North Korea", the White House said, after official data showed a plunge of 33 percent in imports from North Korea previous year - including a 81.6 percent drop in December.

The Vancouver waterfront may seem like a curious locale to plot such strategy but academic Roland Paris said Canada is doing Tillerson a favour by helping showcase global solidarity for the pressure campaign. It will be co-hosted by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

This peaceful initiative, proposed by Moscow and Beijing, urged Pyongyang, from the one hand, to declare a moratorium on nuclear tests and missile launches and South Korea and the United States, on the other hand, to abstain from carrying out joint drills, in order to stabilize the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

That will ultimately decide whether the government views the Vancouver meeting as a success.

But Mills would not say whether China had been invited to the Vancouver meeting and declined to provide a list of countries that had received invitations, saying a list of participating states "will be released in due time". The key players aren't there, ' he said.

He said discussions will focus on how to thwart North Korean efforts to evade United Nations sanctions through smuggling.

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However, both North Korea and the United States have shown a similar stance towards the plan, not responding to it.

Lopez said recent developments going into the Vancouver summit "lessen the need for this to be yet another thorn in the side of North Koreans and maybe gives it more diplomatic opportunity".

The goal, ostensibly, is to get the regime to give up its nuclear capabilities.

Trucks cross the Friendship Bridge on the Yalu river from Sinuiju, North Korea, to Dandong, Liaoning province, China January 8, 2018.

"I think that they will continue to develop their nuclear and missile capability".

Yet without Russian Federation and China, both of which have been involved in the so-called Six-Party Talks aimed at finding a peaceful resolution to North Korea's nuclear program, it's unclear what the Vancouver meeting can really achieve.

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