China to North Korea: Stop tests, resume talks

Elias Hubbard
August 12, 2017

The US is also pushing for tougher steps in its latest UN Security Council resolution, which could be voted on as soon as Saturday.

North Korea is close to developing a viable nuclear deterrent against the USA and other powers, which its leadership considers essential for the survival of the regime.

It also bars countries from hiring more North Korean laborers. And it prohibits all new joint ventures with North Korean companies and bans new foreign investment in existing ones.

But Tillerson says it's not as simple as North Korea stopping launches for a few days or weeks.

"We will not hesitate to sanction third-country entities and individuals supporting North Korea's illegal activities", he warned.

South Korea and Japan need to communicate more often in the face of missile and nuclear program of Pyongyang, according to South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. "It will significantly reduce the North's foreign currency income", the ministry said Sunday after the resolution was passed. He says he told Ri "do not violate the United Nations decision or provoke the global community's goodwill by conducting missile launches or nuclear tests".

"We should not fool ourselves into thinking we have solved the problem", Haley was quoted as telling the UN Security Council.

Countries worldwide are responding, cutting back on North Korean guest worker programs, flights and diplomatic missions, U.S. officials say.

The benefit of those sanctions, Fishman said, is that it would then be up to the go after Chinese firms that help the Kim regime circumvent sanctions on its military programs and sever them from the dollar-based global financial system. In an interview with MSNBC, done earlier in the week and broadcast on Saturday before the United Nations vote, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster discussed a military action. "And that includes a military option", he said.

"It would be a very costly war, in terms of... in terms of the suffering of mainly the South Korean people", he said.

Ahead of the gathering, the United States had urged ASEAN countries to "downgrade" its North Korea ties.

Trump, whose administration is moving to crack down on leaks of US government information, also retweeted a Fox News report based on anonymous sources that said USA spy satellites had detected North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to a patrol boat.

Kang is echoing Tillerson's praise for the sanctions approved Saturday by the U.N. Security Council.

"When the conditions are right, then we can sit and have a dialogue around the future of North Korea so they feel secure and prosper economically", Mr Tillerson told reporters.

President Moon's office said he stressed that the nuclear issue must be resolved in a peaceful diplomatic manner.

North Korea's July 28 launch of the Hwasong-14.

For Tillerson's interlocutors worldwide, this is beginning to be a familiar experience: When the top U.S. diplomat meets with counterparts, many are finding that he's arriving prepared with information on their countries' connections to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and suggestions on how they can reduce them. Tensions have mounted with Pyongyang's two recent successful tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles. It was the eighth sanctions resolution since 2006.

Another big thing the sanctions don't address is the oil that China exports to North Korea.

China, as a permanent member of the UNSC, upheld an impartial and objective position and played a responsible and constructive role in the process of the adoption of the resolution, he said. China and Russian Federation voted with us.

The ARF is the only regional security consultative conference participated in by the North. For that reason, the United States will rely heavily on China to enforce the new sanctions.

A series of bilateral meetings took place or were scheduled among the foreign ministers of key countries.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson takes his pressure campaign against North Korea to Asian leaders on Sunday as the U.S. intensifies its efforts to isolate Pyongyang. However, he refused to discuss Ri's schedule.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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