UN Approves Tough New Sanctions Against North Korea

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during their bilateral meeting
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during their bilateral meeting Credit EPA ROUELLE UMALI

"The best signal that North Korea could give us that they're prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches", Tillerson said here.

The hermit kingdom's state TV sent a warning to the United States of America after the UN passed a new round of sanctions.

Pyongyang threatened to make the U.S. - which drafted the latest sanctions package - "pay the price for its crime... thousands of times".

North Korea demanded the U.S. withdraw its "reckless attempt of crushing us", threatening "we will not hesitate to adopt any final means" and that the USA would not be safe on its side of the ocean.

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. Tillerson responded by expressing his "agreement and understanding" insofar as establishing a consultation channel for the North and South Korean military leaders could ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula and ultimately contribute to the process of North Korea's denuclearization, the South Korean Foreign Ministry reported.

Coal, iron, lead, lead ore, iron ore and seafood are all part of the resolution, so it'll essentially stop North Korea from selling these resources to other nations by barring those other nations from being customers.

During the trilateral meeting, Kono, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha and Tillerson also confirmed the three countries' close cooperation to call on China and Russian Federation, as well as member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, to increase pressure on North Korea.

North Korea forces workers to go overseas to earn hard currency to send home to the regime.

Tension has been running high since the nuclear-armed North staged two successful ICBM tests last month, sparking global alarm over its rapidly-advancing weapons capability. "So it is all about how we see their attitude towards approaching a dialogue with us".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Tillerson also discussed the need to ramp up worldwide pressure on North Korea to force it to abandon its nuclear weapons programmes in meetings with Australia, Japan and South Korea.

"There is a sentiment across ASEAN that for this engagement to be truly productive and beneficial not just to ASEAN but to our region and the world, we need to ensure that there is a mutual openness and communication amongst us", he said.

China's territorial disputes in the strategic and potentially oil- and gas-rich waterway with Taiwan and ASEAN member states Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam intensified after Beijing built islands in the disputed waters in recent years and reportedly started to install a missile defense system on them, alarming rival claimant states as well as the USA and other Western governments. "The objective is to pull the peninsula nuclear issue back to the negotiating table, and to seek a final solution".

In a separate statement, the White House said the two leaders "affirmed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, South Korea, and Japan, as well as to most countries around the world".

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha in Manila yesterday, the State Department said.

Moon's office said that he and Trump had agreed to apply "the maximum pressure and sanction".

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