UPDATED 1:26 P.M. ET — Wed. January 17, 2018
China blasts the U.S. and Canada for holding a meeting with U.N. leaders about the North Korea threat.
A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said his country did not send a delegation to the meeting because the talks would not resolve the North Korea issue.
He said the meeting displayed a “Cold War” mentality, and would only cause international divisions and damage efforts to stabilize the region.
“..convening a meeting without key participants of the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula actually can’t push forward a proper settlement to the issue, said Lu Kang, a spokesman for China’s foreign Ministry. “The main channel to handle and resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula should still be the framework of six-party talks and the United Nations Security Council.”
The spokesman said the meeting lacked legitimacy.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson led Tuesday’s gathering and agreed with other U.N. leaders that tougher sanctions on North Korea may be needed.