January 23, 2019

White House welcomes China's drop in trade with North Korea previous year

14 January 2018, 06:55 | Devin Moran

Trump cryptic about contacts with NKorea's Kim

Trump cryptic about contacts with NKorea's Kim

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 worldwide community and harm joint efforts to appropriately resolve the Korean peninsula nuclear issue".

The Canadian government has organized a meeting in Vancouver on January 16 for various countries to come up with an worldwide response to North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile program. South Korea recenly seized two product tankers on charges of making illicit high-seas fuel transfers to North Korean ships, but these arrests occurred in port, not in global waters.

China and Russia-despite not being invited to a conference in Canada on the North Korea crisis-must help defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday (Saturday in Manila).

"However, China firmly opposes the opportunity taken by the parties concerned to infringe upon the legitimate rights and interests of China in the South China Sea and undermine peace and stability in the region", he added.

China, which has traditionally served as an economic lifeline for the North, has started putting pressure on Pyongyang to curb its ballistic and nuclear ambitions.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested he could have a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, but refused to say if the two had spoken.

Washington and Pyongyang are in a standoff over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, which could be used to target the United States and her allies. I'm not saying I have or haven't. The country explains its opposition by an alleged nuclear threat from the United States.

Although U.N. sanctions ban countries from issuing new work visas to North Koreans, the waitresses working in China may be in the country on previously issued visas that have not reached expiration.

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