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China boosts global pressure on North Korea

13 August 2017, 12:33 | Opal Carroll

UN Security Council approves new sanctions against North Korea

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The United States has remained technically at war with North Korea since the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

Bonnie Glaser, from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, described the resolution as a win for China because "Beijing avoided additional sanctions on Chinese banks, entities that aid North Korea for the time being".

Susan Thornton, acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said China's support for sanctions showed it recognised the gravity of the situation, but it was incumbent on Beijing to ensure they were implemented.

Hours before the statement, the US presented a draft United Nations resolution calling for toughening sanctions on North Korea with a sweeping ban on exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood that could deprive Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenues.

Wang earlier said it was important that Ri is attending the Manila meetings "so he can listen to suggestions from various parties and has the right to present his views".

It threatened to make the U.S. "pay the price for its crime. thousands of times", referring to America's role in drafting the United Nations sanctions resolution.

Tillerson has no plans to sit down with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho at the event.

By imposing sanctions America will only "hasten self-destruction", the statement says, adding that North Korea will 'will not hesitate to use to any last resort'.

"The North Koreans have tested more weapons in the past couple of months of 2017 than previously and this is a statement of that concern", Bolivar told a news conference Saturday while declining to answer a question about US pressure.

The latest United Nations sanctions come as a response to North Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch on July 4, which was a successful milestone that was followed by a second missile launch of this type on July 28.

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The Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday. Trump has raged against North Korea's weapons tests.

According to a statement from Russia's foreign ministry, top diplomat Sergey Lavrov met with his North Korean counterpart at the forum.

"It was a good outcome", Tillerson told reporters ahead of his meeting with South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi said the resolution does not intend to harm the North Korean people.

"It's certainly a good step that they've moved ahead to broaden the sanctions", Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Susan Thornton told reporters Sunday, "but the implementation is something that we'll be tracking and taking action on as necessary", including possible unilateral USA sanctions on Chinese banks, firms and individuals.

Mr. Trump wrote: "Just completed call with President Moon of South Korea".

Last month, North Korea tested two ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

Pyongyang also lambasted ASEAN member states for not being "morally qualified" to meddle in North Korea's nuclear program because they ignored the "hostile policy and nuclear threat" that the US imposed on the North.

Speaking at the same forum on Monday, Tillerson held a door open for dialogue with North Korea saying Washington was willing to talk to Pyongyang if it halted its missile test launches. "We've not had an extended period of time where they have not taken some type of provocative action by launching ballistic missiles", Tillerson said. "So it is all about how we see their attitude towards approaching a dialogue with us".

Editor's Remarks: The major global players may be getting onto the same page in facing up to the North Korea missile threat but Pyongyang has said it will never give up its nuclear programme.



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