Korea, US Discuss Coordination over Inter-Korean Relations

China says main parties not in Vancouver for meeting on N. Korea, so won't attend

"We have been very clear with them about the action that we need them to take against individuals or entities under Chinese control that are. helping or facilitating or supporting North Korea's nuclear and missile program", he said.

On Wednesday night, Moon held a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump, sharing a possibility that the inter-Korean talks can naturally lead to a dialogue between the United States and the DPRK for the denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

The White House praised China Friday for sharply curtailing trade with North Korea in an effort to force the regime in Pyongyang to end its nuclear weapons programs.

Russia considers the worldwide meeting on security on the Korean peninsula, which is due to be held in Vancouver next week, inappropriate amid signs of improvements in the South-North relations, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday. "I don't think they are going to negotiate it away", Grinius said. China and Russian Federation, which both oppose the proposal for maritime interdiction, have not been invited to the summit. Trump would not confirm whether he has spoken with Kim, saying only that he didn't want to comment.

Without the participation of key parties in the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, such a meeting would not help resolve issue properly.

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.

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One of the options to be discussed, he said, would be naval interdiction to stop North Korean smuggling.

Some countries, even friends of the United States, may be concerned that such methods could increase military tensions or be interpreted as an act of war by the isolated North.

"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".

But Hook said Washington remained in contact with China about enforcing the sanctions and pressuring Kim, and that both Beijing and Moscow would be briefed after the talks.

The U.S. recently sanctioned several companies and individuals in China, following years of complaints about money-laundering and illicit trade with North Korea.

"China is working with us", he said.

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