US, China Pressure North Korea To Abandon Nuclear Missile Programme

Jerome Frank
August 8, 2017

On Saturday, the 15-member Security Council, including China and Russian Federation, unanimously approved imposing tougher sanctions on North Korea to slash its $3 billion in annual exports by a third.

Both Washington and Seoul reiterated support for the new United Nations sanctions on North Korea that were passed unanimously Saturday by the 15 members of the Security Council that includes the U.S., China and Russian Federation.

The ASEAN countries should not be used as a loophole of global sanctions against North Korea, he also said. The sanctions will also stop any new joint investments in North Korea and any increased investments in existing projects and block the entry of new North Korean labor to third countries such as China and Russian Federation.

HU: We'll see a lot more in the coming days from North Korea, but the state-run newspaper, The Rodong Sinmun, has already carried an article on Sunday, warning that the USA will self-destruct unless it gives up what North Korea calls a hostile policy toward Pyongyang.

He elaborated, stating: "This is not a 'give me 30 days and we are ready to talk.' It's not quite that simple".

"The U.S. should aim for peace and co-existence rather than geopolitical dominance".

Thornton says the USA wants to ensure that with the new sanctions, there's "not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen".

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has skipped a dinner in the Philippines for foreign ministers that North Korea's top diplomat attended.

Their remarks, which are aimed at taming aggression in the disputed waters, are considerably stronger than a joint statement of concern issued by their counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a 10-nation bloc whose economies depend heavily on China. "The sanctions will have an economic impact but little effect on the strategic intent to develop ballistic missiles".

They called on ASEAN "to maximize pressure on North Korea".

But he would not set a timeframe on when this might be possible or how long North Korea might have to refrain from testing more long-rang missiles.

Tillerson, who did not specify how much time North Korea has to put an end to its missile tests, said that the U.S. has other channels of communication to establish contact with the Kim Jong-un regime.

Tillerson later met with Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha, where they underscored the important roles of China, Russia and ASEAN in pressuring North Korea, a Japanese official said. The Blue House had previously announced that since North Korea test launched the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile on July 28, the Blue House has been in consultation with the USA about increasing the weight of the warheads on ballistic missiles with a range of 800 km from the current limit of 500 kg to 1 ton.

"US President Donald Trump hailed the vote in a Twitter message on Saturday evening".

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