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Spokesman Lu Kang said on Wednesday the meeting would not help resolve tensions on the Korean peninsula because not all of the main parties would be there.

Beijing will not attend an global meeting of foreign ministers in Canada to discuss North Korea, Reuters said, citing China's Foreign Ministry.

But Hook said America has kept China informed on enforcing sanctions and added that both it and Russian Federation would be briefed after the Vancouver conference.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will participate in the meeting's welcome dinner on Monday, the State Department said.

The gathering comes as tensions have sharply escalated over North Korea's provocations, which a year ago included its sixth nuclear test and three tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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China has opposed the Vancouver conference and said it would hurt, not help, steps to get North Korea to stop its nuclear program. In addition, he suggested that the Security Council should add to the list of vessels that are explicitly banned from global ports for suspected sanctions violations.

However, some key players will not participate in the event: North Korea itself, as well as Russian Federation and China, which are opposing the event, urging the sides of the conflict to engage in talks and stop actions, which might potentially escalate it (proposing so-called "double-freeze" plan). "Should the United States and its followers try to enforce the naval blockade against our country, we will see it as an act of war and respond with merciless self-defensive counter-measures as we have warned repeatedly", a government-controlled media outlet said.

Pyongyang also agreed to send its high-ranking delegation and athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which are set to run from February to March in South Korea's eastern county of PyeongChang.

It is unclear whether Pyongyang has also initiated conversations with the United States.

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. "I think you people are surprised". Trump would not confirm whether he has spoken with Kim, saying only that he didn't want to comment.

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