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China to skip next week's meeting on North Korea in Canada

China to skip next week's meeting on North Korea in Canada

"And young adults who are dissatisfied with the system are asking their parents to save money to help them defect", RFA's source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Moscow and Beijing have agreed to continue closely coordinating efforts to resolve the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following a meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and Chinese Ambassador to Russia Li Hui on Wednesday.

Although the deadline to shut down all North Korean companies in China is Jan. 9, some North Korean restaurants in Beijing are still accepting reservations beyond this date.

He also said the meeting does not involve all the key countries related to the North Korean nuclear issue.

North Korean restaurants continue to do brisk business in China, despite United Nations Security Council sanctions that ban the operation of North Korean-owned businesses and the deployment of overseas North Korean laborers.

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A Japanese foreign ministry official, meanwhile, was quoted by Bloomberg News on Wednesday raising questions about the involvement of countries such as Colombia and Greece, which are peripheral to the North Korea crisis.

The decision followed growing concerns over the last six months about North Korea's nuclear and ballistic-missile capabilities, which the country has showcased numerous times with a variety of tests. According to South Korea's Unification Ministry data, 1,418 reached the South in 2016, while arrivals fell 16.8 percent from January to October of 2017.

"If both China and Russia are absent from the meeting, then the significance and the utility of the gathering will be greatly discounted", Wenran Jiang, an expert on Asian politics from the University of Alberta, said in an email.

That will ultimately decide whether the government views the Vancouver meeting as a success.

Representatives of the countries that sent troops or other military support to the U.N. -backed effort to repel North Korean forces after the 1950 invasion of South Korea will attend.