Korea, US Discuss Coordination over Inter-Korean Relations

Korea, US Discuss Coordination over Inter-Korean Relations

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the outcome of the inter-Korean dialogue held earlier this week, South Korea's foreign ministry said Friday.

Kang stressed the position of South Korea that her country will push simultaneously for improved inter-Korean ties and the peaceful resolution of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.

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.

"I think that they will continue to develop their nuclear and missile capability".

The meeting in Vancouver on January 16 is co-hosted by Canada and the United States, which want to demonstrate global solidarity against Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.

This peaceful initiative, proposed by Moscow and Beijing, urged Pyongyang, from the one hand, to declare a moratorium on nuclear tests and missile launches and South Korea and the U.S., on the other hand, to abstain from carrying out joint drills, in order to stabilize the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Trump would not confirm whether he has spoken with Kim, saying only that he didn't want to comment.

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"We will be discussing maritime interdiction", Hook said, raising the idea of an naval embargo to help enforce the already draconian United Nations sanctions on Kim's regime. "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.

"And maritime interdiction helps us to disrupt resources".

According to the spokeswoman, Moscow does not support the upcoming event, which resembles the "meetings of representatives of the member states to the coalition" which backed South Korea during the Korean War of 1950-1953.

It could put Canada, the US and its allies in the bad graces of China.

"Is it going to be middle-power multilateralism, where we bring countries together, the like-minded and not like-minded, to fashion some solutions that will be supportive of what the big guys are going to be doing?" This ministerial will enhance and strengthen all of the efforts under way.

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