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Foreign ministers from 20 nations gather in Vancouver to discuss DPRK

  • January 17, 2018
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, and Nikkei reported on the Vancouver Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula co-hosted by the United States and Canada on Tuesday. Foreign Minister Kono reportedly stated at a welcome dinner held on the eve of the meeting that talks for the sake of talks would be meaningless and that Japan supports the United States’ position of putting all options on the table. Asahi wrote that the focus of attention will be what message the participants will send North Korea at the multilateral conference. Mainichi wrote that whether the participants will be able to come up with effective measures to prevent the North’s suspected smuggling of refined oil products at sea to evade UNSC sanctions will be the focal point of discussion. Nikkei wrote that although China and Russia are suspected of involvement in North Korea’s illicit oil trade at sea, these nations are absent from the meeting in Vancouver.

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