Message of next week's summit on North Korea also aimed at Trump's White House

Message of next week's summit on North Korea also aimed at Trump's White House
From CBC - January 12, 2018

When more than a dozen foreign ministers meet in Vancouver next week to discuss diplomacy and North Korea, Kim Jong-un wo not be the only target of their messaging.

A robust international show of support for non-military options is also aimed at the White Houseeven though the United States is co-host of the meeting, a source with direct knowledge of the preparations for the ministerial meetingtold CBC News.

A united front in favour of a meaningful diplomatic option may help U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson build his case for diplomacy against hawkish elements within the Trump administration, the source said.

Canada and the United States are co-hosting the one-day summit Tuesday to discuss ways to ease the escalating tensions and rhetoric.

"I think that Donald Trump and some other members of the U.S. administration will be part of the audience for this meeting," said Roland Paris, a former foreign affairs adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"Whether they register the message is a different question," headded.

Paris said it is obvious there are different factions within the Trump administration that represent a range of positions on North Korea.

"RexTillersonhas been advocating for a diplomatic approach to this crisis, that is a point of view that Canada shares, and so the purpose of this meeting is to talk about economic and diplomatic ways of getting North Korea to the table," Paris said.

"I think it's the main purpose of this meeting," saidShin Maeng-ho, South Korea's Ambassador to Canada, who is attending the meeting.

During an interview on CBC's The House with guest host Alison Crawford, Shin added: "I think diplomacy is the only option left to us. War on the Korean peninsula means death of millions of people."

"All foreign ministers in Vancouver will seek all the ways and means for diplomatic solution," Shin said.

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