Representatives from Canada, the United States and 15 other countries will be joining together for dinner tonight, before starting a joint meeting to discuss the rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Canada's Foreign Minister of Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, is co-organizing an international summit with the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.
The meeting is expected to take several days and is being hosted by Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia. Discussions held during the meeting are meant to find ways to "deny North Korean regime of the resources and finding it needs" for their weapons program.
So far, the only specifically known topics of discussion are finding solutions to smuggling and money-laundering schemes that Pyongyang (Capital of North Korea) has been using to sidestep United Nations sanctions and pay for their nuclear program.
Invited to the summit, specifically, were 15 other countries - all allies of the Korean War that occurred over six decades ago. Left out however, were Russia and China. While Trudeau is certain that the formerly mentioned nations will have a pinnacle role in peace-keeping, there are many who think that withholding the two countries will invalidate results of the meeting.
Results and a plan of action from the meeting are expected to be surfaced as the Summit progresses in the week. Meanwhile, Canadian financial institutions have been given strict orders to give North Korean transactions extreme caution.