World War 3: Donald Trump amasses North Korea’s bitter enemies to FORCE peace talks

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The pressure group is to being assembled to bring North Korea around the negotiating table

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland have announced a new international pressure group to force North Korea around the negotiating table.

The group, known as the “Vancouver Group” contains 16 countries that were part of the original UN-led military coalition that fought against North Korea’s invasion in the Korean War, as well as South Korea, Japan, India, Sweden and others – according to Tillerson.

Mr Tillerson said: “The pressure campaign is intended to lead to talks.

“We can’t talk unless North Korea is ready to talk, and I think, as we’ve indicated, we’re waiting for them to indicate a readiness to talk.”

The Defence Secretary said the group will discuss how to “improve the effectiveness of the current pressure campaign” and how to “prepare for the prospect of talks”.

Mr Tillerson added: “The pressure campaign will not abate, we will not be rolling any of it back, it will only be intensified as time goes by, and it will remain in place until they agree to give up their nuclear weapons and allow us to verify that that is in fact what they have done.”

Ms Freeland said it is a “demonstration of international solidarity against North Korea’s dangerous and illegal actions”.

The US Defence Secretary said the talks have Trump’s backing, despite the President ridiculing the idea of negotiations previously.

Trump tweeted on August 30: “The US has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer.”

On October 7, he tweeted: “Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid.

[It] hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work.”

He also tweeted that he told Tillerson that he was “wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man (a derogatory nickname he gave to Kim Jong-un).

“Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done.”

But Mr Tillerson denied there was any confusion or mixed messages and said: “They have not rejected diplomatic talks. What the White House has merely observed is that North Korea has not exhibited a willingness to talk.”

He added the pressure campaign came from came from Trump’s National Security Council.

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The group is known as the “Vancouver Group”

He continued: “Otherwise we wouldn’t need to do this. We’d just go straight to the military option.”

Canada and the United States plan to co-host an international meeting on North Korea in Vancouver in January.

Pyongyang has continued to test nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

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Pyongyang has continued to test nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles

The meeting is designed to produce “better ideas” to ease tensions over North Korea’s tests, Canadian officials have said.

The two ministers also are likely to discuss US President Donald Trump’s demand for revisions to the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

A senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Tillerson and Freeland conferred on North Korea, Ukraine and Venezuela among other issues.