US, Canada plan for a new diplomatic approach on DPRK

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Leaders around the world condemn the latest missile test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Experts said the inter-continental ballistic missile flew higher than ever before. The U.S. , with Canada, plans to roll-out a new diplomatic approach.

CGTN’s Jessica Stone has more.

They are the 16 nations that provided troops and combat support to the Republic of Korea during the Korean War. Now, in the wake of the DPRK’s latest ballistic missile test, Canada and the U.S. want to re-unite the same forces to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

“It’s a pretty big feat to gather 16 countries together plus South Korea and also Japan. But that is a meeting that we will plan to pull together,” said Heather Nauert, spokesperson of the U.S. State Department.

The 1950’s-era coalition includes nations from all points of the globe – from Europe, to Australia, to regional partners like the Philippines and Thailand. A Canadian official said the group is expected to meet early next year in Canada. Canadian and American officials confirmed they intend to invite Japan and the Republic of Korea.

What’s unclear is whether other regional players such as Russia and China will participate in the talks.

“I am not aware of the information you mentioned,” said Geng Shuang, from the Chinese Foreign Ministry. “We hope all parties concerned will step up efforts to ease tension and bring the Korean Peninsula issue back to the right track of settlement through dialogue and consultation.”

In the hours after the DPRK’s missile launch, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with the leaders of the Republic of Korea, China and Japan. According to the White House, Trump emphasized the increasing isolation of Pyongyang under global sanctions.

Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to use “all available levers” against Pyongyang.

China’s trade with the DPRK is down significantly from last October, according to a Bloomberg analysis of Chinese customs data. Washington says more than 20 nations have joined its maximum pressure campaign to denuclearize the DPRK.

Also Wednesday, Trump pledged to announce more sanctions against Pyongyang quote: “today.”

A White House spokesperson later changed the timing of those U-S sanctions as “soon.”

“We have a long list of additional potential sanctions, some of which involve potential financial institutions, and the Treasury Department will be announcing those when they’re ready to roll those out,” said Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State.

Washington is also calling for the international community to impose new maritime security measures. The details are still coming together, but would include rights to block maritime shipments to and from the DPRK to continue to squeeze the nation economically.