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Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China from the outset was opposed to the holding of such a meeting at a time when it is important to do more to defuse tensions and promote dialogue, rather than increasing pressure on North Korea. "I have relationships with people".

North Korea has repeatedly asserted that sanctions are killing its people while claiming that global diplomatic and economic pressure will never derail its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons development programs, essentially telling the world that the regime will starve its people before abandoning its weapons of mass destruction. "I think you people are surprised".

On Thursday, Trump suggested in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that he could have a good relationship with Kim, though he was vague about the extent of his dealings with the North Korean leader. Trump would not confirm whether he has spoken with Kim, saying only that he didn't want to comment.

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Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will attend Tuesday's meeting. "Should the United States and its followers try to enforce the naval blockade against our country, we will see it as an act of war and respond with merciless self-defensive counter-measures as we have warned repeatedly", a government-controlled media outlet said.

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. China and Russian Federation, which both oppose the proposal for maritime interdiction, have not been invited to the summit. "We understand that it would be the last day of our country", the unnamed diplomat said, in Vorontsov's words.

As such, North Korea's neighbours China and Russian Federation are not invited, and many have questioned the utility of a conference where such influential regional players are absent. But now that North Korea has developed the weapons and the missiles to carry them, it's not likely to give it up, experts say. This ministerial will enhance and strengthen all of the efforts under way.

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