White House 'Pleased' With Report China Has Reduced Trade With North Korea

White House 'Pleased' With Report China Has Reduced Trade With North Korea

The Canadian government has organized a meeting in Vancouver on January 16 for various countries to come up with an global response to North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile program.

"The meeting will bring together nations from across the globe to demonstrate worldwide solidarity against North Korea's risky and illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programs", it said.

Welcoming talks between North Korea and South Korea, India today said any solution to the Korean Peninsula must address concerns about Pyongyang's proliferation linkages.

Canadian financial institutions have been ordered to treat what few transactions they conduct with North Korea with even greater diligence as the federal government tries to increase pressure on the nuclear-armed nation.

The UN Security Council has steadily tightened prohibitions on buying the North's goods or supplying it with oil in an effort to discourage leader Kim Jong Un's government from pursuing nuclear and missile technology.

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.

The ministers will discuss steps to thwart North Korea's evasion of sanctions, including through maritime interdiction, State Department Director of Policy Planning Brian Hook said in a press briefing.

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

A North Korean ship passes in front of the waterfront of the Chinese border city of Dandong (at rear), in China's northeast Liaoning province, opposite the North Korean town of Sinuiju on September 4, 2017.

But Hook said America has kept China informed on enforcing sanctions and added that both it and Russian Federation would be briefed after the Vancouver conference.

"These officials feared that the U.S. 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".

"We understand that it would be the last day of our country'".

Writing for website 38 North, Mr Vorontsov said he was told North Korea is so convinced war is about to about to break out soldiers have been "sleeping without removing their boots".