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One North Korea summit, two messages: Canada and the U.S. in Vancouver

By Brian Gold      

Media reports suggested differing opinions regarding inviting China amongst the co-hosts. Canada desired an invite for China in the summit while the U.S. did not. This disagreement points to the differing messages Canada and the U.S. hoped to send from the summit.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, pictured last month in Ottawa, were the co-hosts for a summit last week in Vancouver on North Korea. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Vancouver summit of 20 foreign ministers on the North Korea nuclear missile crisis that met last Tuesday represented the first substantive action of a Canadian government regarding North Korea in nearly seven years. As such, it has been watched closely in terms of what concrete results it produced in terms of showing Canada has a leadership role to play.

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