China's imports from North Korea plummet in December, lowest for 4 years

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"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.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will host the meeting, which will focus on bringing security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Welcoming talks between North Korea and South Korea, India today said any solution to the Korean Peninsula must address concerns about Pyongyang's proliferation linkages. "I think you people are surprised".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will head to Canada next week to co-host a meeting of high-level global diplomats focused on expressing solidarity against 's ongoing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile provocations.

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Washington plans to use the meeting on Tuesday, January 16, to discuss the idea of stopping and inspecting suspect ships bound for North Korea, a senior official said.

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

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.

Lopez said recent developments going into the Vancouver summit "lessen the need for this to be yet another thorn in the side of North Koreans and maybe gives it more diplomatic opportunity". All parties should work to defuse tensions and promote dialogue, rather than blindly resort to pressure and isolation.

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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 value of Chinese goods exported to North Korea last month fell 23 percent year on year, according to data released Friday by China's General Administration of Customs.

"China is working with us", he said.

The countries had two days ago held high-level talks at Panmunjom, a village located in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, amid escalating tension in the region following a series of ballistic missile tests by North Korea.

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