Olympic detente eases North Korean tensions

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Two major Asian countries are criticizing the conference on North Korea set to take place in Vancouver next week, which is aimed at coordinating a response to Kim Jong Un's weapons program. "We hope they will attend", he said of China Dec. 20, the day Freeland announced details alongside U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Ottawa.

"At the same time", he added, "we will continue the ongoing dialogue with all partners, including countries like Russian Federation and China who absolutely will play an important role in moving towards peace on the Korean peninsula".

The reason? Both Greece and Colombia sent military forces to fight against the North Koreans.

The meeting is ostensibly created to show global solidarity in the face of the North Korean threat, discuss ways to strengthen sanctions against the country and seek diplomatic solutions to the crisis.

But Hook said the idea was one of many being explored, and that the allies invited to Vancouver would be consulted. The official said Canada never got to the "juncture" of inviting China to the actual summit because there was an awareness that Chinese views on the way to move forward are different than those in North America.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in his first New Year's press conference Wednesday that improved inter-Korean relations can not be separated from the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, noting that the two issues should be pursued simultaneously to create a virtuous cycle between them.

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China and Russian Federation - 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 Friday. "The main channels for handling and resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue should still be the framework of six party talks and the UN Security Council".

"China is working with us".

North Korea's first talks with South Korea in more than two years turned tense Tuesday, after representatives of President Moon Jae-in proposed discussions with Kim about giving up his nuclear weapons program. "This is not an alternative to everything that we are doing".

President Donald Trump's "administration is pleased that China is sharply reducing its trade with North Korea", the White House said.

"This ministerial will enhance and strengthen all of the efforts underway to achieve our policy goals", he said. South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is expected to be among the attendees, while US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will participate in a welcome dinner Monday.