UN imposes tough new sanctions on North Korea

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

All eyes are on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as he joined other leading nations' foreign ministers at the ASEAN conference in the Philippines.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday sent a congratulatory message to Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, which is the rotating chair of the Association of Southeastern Asian Nations (ASEAN), on the 50th founding anniversary of the regional organization.

The statement said that some of ASEAN's 10 foreign ministers expressed concern "on the land reclamations and activities in the area, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region". In a news conference earlier in the day, Tillerson said the United States is ready to talk with North Korea if it stops conducting tests of ballistic missiles, the latest ones considered capable of reaching the USA mainland. In what was apparently a chance meeting at a gala dinner Sunday night, Ri spoke briefly with his counterpart from South Korea, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.

Haley said Trump was keeping "all options on the table" for dealing with North Korea and speaking of its leader, Kim Jong-un, said "he has to decide if he strikes the United States, is that something he can win?"

Just last week, the President said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may look chubby and kind but he is actually a "maniac" for playing with unsafe nuclear weapons.

North Korea on Monday threatened to retaliate a "thousand-fold" against the United States over the UN sanctions.

The Global Times, an influential state-run Chinese tabloid, said in June that the once "special relationship" between the two nations was fading away amid mistrust over the South China Sea.

He said Washington would not "specify a specific number of days or weeks" before deciding North Korea had indeed halted its tests.

Fifteen years ago ASEAN foreign ministers signed an even more strongly worded document committing the countries to begin negotiations with Beijing over China's claim to nearly all of the South China Sea, through which passes one third of global shipping, including much of Australia's.

They also urged South Korea and the USA to stop carrying out military drills. The North reportedly rejected Seoul's offer of talks during a rare exchange between their foreign ministers on the sidelines of a regional security forum in Manila, Sunday.

China "hopes North Korea can echo this signal from the United States", Wang added. That China and Russian Federation have joined the latest resolution shows that even these two countries' patience is wearing thin. The diplomats also discussed ways for the three countries to work together to prevent North Korea from carrying out additional provocations and to orchestrate its denuclearization, according to South Korea's Foreign Ministry.

The situation in the Korean Peninsula is extremely tense on the background of the active development of North Korea's missile program. China is North Korea's most important ally.

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