North Korea nuclear crisis

Canada and US to host crisis talks on North Korea on January 16

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 December, 2017, 7:11am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 December, 2017, 7:11am

Canada and the United States announced on Tuesday they will host a summit of foreign ministers in Vancouver on January 16, including envoys from Japan and South Korea, to seek progress on the North Korean nuclear crisis.

“We believe a diplomatic solution to the crisis is essential and possible,” Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told a joint press conference with visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The meeting involves the “sending states” that sent forces as part of a United Nations command to support South Korea during the Korean war. They’ll be joined by additional countries including Japan, South Korea and India.

Tillerson said the meeting aims to advance the pressure campaign on North Korea and to send a unified message that the global community will not accept the North becoming a nuclear state. He says the pressure campaign will keep intensifying.