S. Korea, US, Japan vow to fully implement new NK sanctions

Claudine Rigal
Août 12, 2017

Tillerson was later expected to see Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and China's Wang Yi - both key players in the North Korean nuclear standoff.

As the US and its allies welcome the latest United Nations sanctions against North Korea as a good, incremental step to increase pressure on the Kim Jong Un regime, a question looms: Will this cause economic pressure strong enough to change Pyongyang's behavior?

According to Tillerson's public schedule, he was due to attend the dinner at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathering in Manila.

He also said Russian Federation and China support for sanctions shows the global community expects them to help North Korea accept realities. The new sanctions won't end that - or address the Chinese companies and banks that continue to do business with North Korea.

North Korea reacted with furor, threatening to turn the United States into a "sea of fire". "Very big financial impact!" he tweeted.

The goal is to halt North Korea's aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapons and missiles capable of striking the U.S. and elsewhere, a mission given added urgency after two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

Moon, who returned from summer vacation on Saturday, is expected to have phone calls with his US and Japanese counterparts about the latest developments.

China "hopes North Korea can echo this signal from the United States", Wang added.

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.

Will the United Nations sanctions - or the diplomatic efforts by China - succeed in stopping North Korea? China and Russian Federation voted with us.

LISA DESJARDINS: To new sanctions, North Korea today reacted with its own threat.

US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-In, spoke on the phone on Sunday and agreed the North "poses a grave and growing direct threat" to most countries around the world, according to a White House statement.

Sources familiar with Japan-U.S. relations said earlier that the two governments were arranging to hold the so-called two-plus-two security meeting around August 17 in Washington.

Bang was in the Philippines with a North Korean delegation that includes North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

Despite tweeting last week that the USA was "done talking" about North Korea, Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley also emphasized in her speech Saturday that, "we want only security and prosperity for all nations-including North Korea".

Tillerson is offering his most specific outline to date of what preconditions the US has for talks with Pyongyang.

"It's a positive but very small step, and can at least help the two Koreas exchange some views on the current state of affairs", Kim Jin-ho, a professor of political science at Dankook University in South Korea, said of the meeting between foreign ministers. Kang is thanking the USA for consulting with South Korea on the sanctions.

BANG KWANG HYUK, Spokesman, North Korean Delegation (through interpreter): We affirmed that we will never place our nuclear and ballistic missiles program on the negotiating table and won't budge an inch on strengthening nuclear armament.

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