Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Russia, China agree to coordinate efforts to resolve Korean Peninsula situation

Russia, China agree to coordinate efforts to resolve Korean Peninsula situation

Hook also reiterated that the USA has no plans to hold talks with North Korea during the Olympic period. "I have relationships with people".

On the United States' willingness to engage in dialogue with North Korea, he said that there was some sign of positive interaction between North Korea and the South Korean peninsula which was receiving the great attention of the global community.

The Vancouver meeting is expected to put a heavy emphasis on finding ways to crack down on the many smuggling and money-laundering schemes that Pyongyang has employed to sidestep sanctions and pay for its nuclear program. Trump would not confirm whether he has spoken with Kim, saying only that he didn't want to comment.

The State Department said next week's meeting will begin Monday in Vancouver and "focus on advancing and strengthening diplomatic efforts toward a secure, prosperous and denuclearized Korean peninsula".

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Brian Hook, the State Department's policy director, said that the USA believes that its diplomatic pressure campaign is the best way to force North Korea to the negotiating table, and that maritime interdiction will help to crack down on smuggling and sanctions-busting.

Lu said countries should work to defuse tensions and promote dialogue, rather than isolating Pyongyang.

The countries invited to send representatives to Vancouver are the so-called "Sending Powers", those that contributed troops or aid to the United Nations war effort in 1950s Korea.

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

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"And maritime interdiction helps us to disrupt resources and then the financial side helps us to disrupt the financing of their nuclear and missile program".

The U.S. sees cutting off North Korea's economic ties with China - the country's dominant trading partner - as essential to forcing Kim back to the negotiating table.

"However, unlike the Security Council that takes legitimate worldwide decisions, which are binding for enforcement, on increasing pressure, sanctions imposed unilaterally or by a group of countries do not have any legal grounds", the spokeswoman said. "This is not an alternative to everything that we are doing". This ministerial will enhance and strengthen all of the efforts under way.

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