Russia considers the global meeting on security on the Korean peninsula, which is due to be held in Vancouver next week, inappropriate amid signs of improvements in the South-North relations, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday. Last week, in response to a question about whether Canada had yet received a reply from China, Austen didn't qualify his earlier response and simply said there was "no update". "Canada has repeatedly engaged with and updated China on the Vancouver Ministerial Meeting".
A different official, asking not to have the information attributed to them, said that "we did not expect China to attend this meeting". Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang has said the event will not be helpful in reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula because key regional powers won't be there. It continued: "The current situation in the Korean Peninsula is very complicated and sensitive".
Speaking to the Star on Friday, Shin said the nations gathering at the summit must strike a balance between stiff economic sanctions and a willingness to talk as they attempt to shut down North Korea's nuclear program.
Some countries, even friends of the United States, may be concerned that such methods could increase military tensions or be interpreted as an act of war by the isolated North.
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.
"China is working with us", he said. "This ministerial will enhance and strengthen all of the efforts underway to achieve our policy goals".
Meanwhile, Japan is questioning why countries like Colombia and Greece will be there - and it won't.
On Wednesday night, Moon held a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump, sharing a possibility that the inter-Korean talks can naturally lead to a dialogue between the United States and the DPRK for the denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
Russian Federation is also expected to be absent along with China, meaning two of North Korea's most important and influential neighbours will be missing when Freeland and Tillerson sit down with other foreign ministers.