[ltr]Last updated: 10 January 2019 - 12:11 PM
Canada has hosted high-level officials from North Korea to persuade it to abandon its pursuit of a nuclear arsenal and respect for human rights, the network said in a report Thursday. North Korea includes five people who arrived in Ottawa last September and held a series of unannounced meetings with Canadian officials. The network quoted a senior Canadian government official as saying that Canada used the two-day talks to push for nuclear disarmament and to present real human rights concerns. The Canadian Foreign Ministry spokesman Geoff Perrop confirmed that the meetings did not represent a change in the status of Canada's diplomatic relations with North Korea and quoted him as saying that while the recent and ongoing dialogue between the two Koreas is encouraging, We remain concerned that North Korea has not taken concrete action towards nuclear disarmament and confirmed that the talks Canada held with officials from North Korea were agreed by Canada's close allies, including the United States of America.