20 Nations Agree In Vancouver To Increase Pressure On North Korea

Reuters: Nations to consider more North Korea sanctions, U.S. warns on military option

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Twenty nations agreed on Tuesday to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it did not choose negotiations.

A U.S.-hosted meeting of countries that backed South Korea during the 1950-53 Korea War also vowed to support renewed dialogue between the two Koreas “in hopes that it leads to sustained easing of tensions” and agreed that a diplomatic solution to the crisis was both essential and possible.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has refused to give up development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States in spite of increasingly severe U.N. sanctions, raising fears of a new war on the Korean peninsula.

The United States and Canada co-hosted the day-long meeting in Vancouver to discuss ways to increase pressure on Kim.

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WNU Editor: China is not impressed by the results of this summit .... China accuses US of "Cold War thinking" with North Korea summit (CBS News). As to what is my take .... after the latest UN sanctions were imposed last month, the North Koreans have shifted policy to deal directly with South Korea .... US-led meeting urges more pressure on North Korea despite North-South detente (The Japan Times). And while these North Korean moves are purely symbolic .... BREAKING NEWS: North and South Korea agree to form their first joint Olympic team and march together in opening ceremony (Daily Mail), the Japanese are right that this is just another attempt by North Korea to take discussions on the missile and nuclear programs out of the spotlight .... Japan warns over North Korean 'charm offensive' (BBC).

More News On 20 Nations Agreeing In Vancouver To Increase Pressure On North Korea

Korean War allies consider further sanctions against North Korea -- Deutsche Welle
Tillerson encourages talks with North Korea but says regime could 'trigger an option' -- NBC
Tillerson Warns Threat of North Korea War Growing Despite Talks -- Bloomberg
US meets Korean War allies, wants more pressure on North Korea -- Chicago Tribune
20 nations will consider more sanctions against North Korea as the US warns Pyongyang to accept a diplomatic option -- Business Insider

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