US, Canada host Vancouver conference on DPRK

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Foreign Ministers from twenty countries from North and South America, Asia, and Europe pose for a family photo at the Vancouver Foreign Ministers Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on January 16, 2018. The US urged an escalation in pressure on North Korea over its nuclear missile program Tuesday, despite a more cautious tone from key US ally South Korea. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, co-hosting the Vancouver event with Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, called for North Korean ships to be intercepted and for new punitive measures to be implemented every time Pyongyang tests new weapons. (AFP PHOTO / Don MacKinnon)

The U.S. and Canada convened a day-long strategy session focused on bringing stability to the Korean Peninsula.

Top diplomats and officials from 20 nations took part in the conference in Vancouver, which ended in a lot of blunt talk mixed with a push for tougher action to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.

Noticeably absent from the meeting, however, were both China and Russia.

CGTN’s Roee Ruttenberg reports from Vancouver.