North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reacts as he arrives for the opening ceremony of the Cemetery of Fallen Fighters of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang July 25, 2013, as part of celebrations ahead of the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War.
The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States had a phone conversation Friday to discuss the outcome of recent inter-Korean talks and ways to strengthen their coordination on major issues of mutual concern, the foreign ministry here said. It will be co-hosted by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.
In November, China stopped exporting oil products to North Korea, after the U.N. Security Council that month imposed new caps on trade with North Korea, including limiting oil product shipments. The possible measures include maritime interdiction to stop and inspect boats carrying goods to North Korea.
State Department Director of Policy Planning Brian Hook briefed reporters on the meeting, which will be held on Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada. Russian Federation and China, the two nations with arguably the greatest sway over the regime, will not be there, making it unlikely the Vancouver meeting gathering will produce a significant breakthrough, Paris said.
Meanwhile, Tillerson and Kang will "have an opportunity to interact", he added, possibly alluding to bilateral talks.
Yet without Russian Federation and China, both of which have been involved in the so-called Six-Party Talks aimed at finding a peaceful resolution to North Korea's nuclear program, it's unclear what the Vancouver meeting can really achieve.
North Korea recently reinitiated contact with South Korea by agreeing to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held east of Seoul in February.
"We do not consider it possible to support an event that could lead to an aggravation of the already tense situation on the Korean Peninsula ..."