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US, Canada to host talks to keep 'pressure' on North Korea

US Secretary of State Tillerson and Canada's Foreign Minister Freeland arrive at a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 20, 2017, 02.38 AM (IST)

The United States and Canada will be co-hosting a meeting of foreign ministers in Vancouver to demonstrate international solidarity against North Korea's continued nuclear and missile tests.

The meeting is scheduled for January 2018.

The so-called Vancouver Group will also include Australia, Belgium, Britain, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey.

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this Tuesday.

Freeland noted that the pressure campaign on North Korea would not abate until the country agreed to give up its nuclear ambitions.

North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile stunt sparked an outcry among world leaders with US President Donald Trump calling for more stringent sanctions on the Pyongyang regime.

Kim Jong-un's government also fired two missiles over Japan previously this year, threatening to "sink" Japan into the sea.

Japan, on the other hand, has signed a deal with the US to introduce Aegis Ashore missile in a move to combat 'increasing North Korean threats'. 

"Japan is reportedly planning a record $46 billion defence budget for the next fiscal year in the wake of the North Korean threat," reported AFP.

(With inputs from agencies)