After U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter-bashed China's furtive efforts to sell refined oil to North Korea on the high seas, China suddenly announced on January 5 that it would immediately impose a wide-ranging embargo against North Korea to "implement UN Resolution 2397". "I have relationships with people".
The United States and Canada will host a meeting in Vancouver on Tuesday on the nuclear standoff with North Korea.
Chinese government had also imposed sanctions on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programme. Trump would not confirm whether he has spoken with Kim, saying only that he didn't want to comment.
The move comes as Canada prepares for a meeting with allies in Vancouver next week, where the main topic will be finding ways to further squeeze the North Korean government and get it to give up its nuclear program.
Brian Hook, the State Department's policy director, said that the US believes that its diplomatic pressure campaign is the best way to force North Korea to the negotiating table, and that maritime interdiction will help to crack down on smuggling and sanctions-busting.
China and Russian Federation - despite not being invited to a conference in Canada on the North Korea crisis - must help defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.
He also said China and Russian Federation, which have not been invited, will be briefed on the discussions after the meeting.
It will bring together representatives from countries that sent troops as part of a US-led United Nations command during the Korean War.
But Hook said Washington remained in contact with China about enforcing the sanctions and pressuring Kim, and that both Beijing and Moscow would be briefed after the talks.
"China is working with us".
The countries had two days ago held high-level talks at Panmunjom, a village located in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, amid escalating tension in the region following a series of ballistic missile tests by North Korea. "This is not an alternative to everything that we are doing", Hook said.
"Canada recognizes the essential role that China has to play in any diplomatic efforts in support of security and stability on the Korean Peninsula", department spokeswoman Amy Mills said in an emailed statement Wednesday evening. "This ministerial will enhance and strengthen all of the efforts underway to achieve our policy goals".