Foreign Ministers To Gather For North Korea Talks In Vancouver

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Foreign ministers from around 20 nations are in Vancouver today to discuss how to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions through diplomatic and financial pressure. Participants will dine together tonight before going behind closed doors tomorrow. The main topic of the meetings will be finding ways to crack down on the smuggling and money-laundering schemes Pyongyang uses to sidestep sanctions and pay for its nuclear program. Canadian financial institutions have already been ordered to treat what few transactions they conduct with North Korea with even greater diligence. Only nations that deployed troops as part of the United Nations during the Korean War were invited to the meeting. That meant Russia and China were left out -- a decision Beijing has denounced as ``Cold war thinking.'' But Trudeau insists the two nations will continue to play an important role in the effort to bring lasting peace to the Korean peninsula.

Guest: Donald Baker

Professor of Korean History and Civilization at UBC

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