Tuesday: Foreign Ministers Discuss North Korea at Vancouver Conference

Tuesday: Foreign Ministers Discuss North Korea at Vancouver Conference

UPDATED January 16, 2018 1:52pmET


Officially billed as the “Vancouver Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula,” Canada and the United States are co-hosting a conference on North Korea’s nuclearcapabilities — and the security implications for East Asia and beyond.

Foreign ministers from the UN Command Sending States — countries who contributed to the United Nations coalition between 1950 and 1953 — are attending along with representatives from other key countries. Not in Vancouver, however, are China and Russia — or the North Korean government.

“No true progress can be made in addressing instability in the Korean peninsula until North Korea commits to changing course and verifiably and irreversibly abandoning all of its weapons of mass destruction,” said Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in her opening remarks:

Watch the full set of opening speeches:

Countries attending besides Canada and the U.S.:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Colombia
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Greece
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom

Last year, Perspective with Alison Smith looked at Canada’s nuclear risk along with the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Watch more:

How nuclear-armed is the world?

What do Americans think about the nuclear threat from North Korea and Iran?

What is Canada’s risk from a U.S.-North Korean nuclear conflict?

-Andrew Thomson

TOP PHOTO: What analysts believe could be the North Korean Hwasong 12 is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square during an April 2017 military parade in Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)