"Like the global community, we hope that the United States and North Korea will take the opposite direction and take meaningful steps towards dialogue and engagement", he added. They also agreed that North Korea will send a high-ranking delegation, a taekwondo demonstration team and a cheering squad to the Winter Olympic Games scheduled to be held in South Korea's PyeongChang on February 9-25.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will co-host the Vancouver Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday to address North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, according to a statement.
"We will be discussing with our partners and allies the kind of steps that we can take on maritime interdiction and also to be cutting, disrupting funding and disrupting resources", he said. "I'm not saying I have or haven't", he said.
This peaceful initiative, proposed by Moscow and Beijing, urged Pyongyang, from the one hand, to declare a moratorium on nuclear tests and missile launches and South Korea and the U.S., on the other hand, to abstain from carrying out joint drills, in order to stabilize the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Lopez said recent developments going into the Vancouver summit "lessen the need for this to be yet another thorn in the side of North Koreans and maybe gives it more diplomatic opportunity".
Some countries, even friends of the United States, may be concerned that such methods could increase military tensions or be interpreted as an act of war by the isolated North.
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 and Russian supported the north during that conflict.
However, some key players will not participate in the event: North Korea itself, as well as Russian Federation and China, which are opposing the event, urging the sides of the conflict to engage in talks and stop actions, which might potentially escalate it (proposing so-called "double-freeze" plan). "Should the United States and its followers try to enforce the naval blockade against our country, we will see it as an act of war and respond with merciless self-defensive counter-measures as we have warned repeatedly", a government-controlled media outlet said.