US, Japan, Australia Urge World To Pressure North Korea

Katrina Barker
August 8, 2017

On Sunday South Korea's foreign minister joined her counterparts from the USA and Japan for a meeting in the Philippines in which Tillerson touted efforts to persuade nations to stop using North Korean labor.

North Korea has reacted angrily to worldwide sanctions that will cut $1 billion from its exports, describing the new United Nations Security Council bans as "a rampant violation of our sovereignty".

In fact, Tillerson said that China and Russia's support shows that the world expects them to help North Korea accept the realities of its situation.

"The price the North Korean leadership will pay for its continued nuclear and missile development will be the loss of one-third of its exports and hard currency", said Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the UN.

The resolution "condemns in the strongest terms" North Korea's July 4 and July 28 missile tests, and adds new individuals and entities, including the Foreign Trade Bank, a state-owned lender that acts as North Korea's "primary foreign exchange bank", to a United Nations sanctions list.

Russian Federation and China have the relatively closest diplomatic relations with North Korea. The two sides are expected to hold formal talks to amend the agreement that was last revised in 2002.

"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.

After weeks of USA frustration over China's reluctance to take action, Trump's strategy of relying on Beijing's help showed early signs of paying off. THAAD is created to intercept medium range missiles at high altitudes, but not ICBMs.

He made the remarks at the ASEAN Regional Forum. "I think it's quite clear to everyone, this is impossible?" said Wang.

It was the first time cabinet-level officials from the two Koreas had met since the South's President Moon Jae-in took power in May. However Pyongyang has so far rejected offers of dialogue, cooperation and humanitarian assistance.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Li told reporters he had urged the North Koreans to calmly handle the resolutions and, quote, "not do anything unbeneficial towards the worldwide community, such as missiles or nuclear tests".

A government statement, carried by North Korea's official news agency, threatened the United States with possible countermeasures and criticized all countries that voted in favour of rolling out the sanctions as being worthy of blame, without naming any country specifically.

At the ASEAN conference in Manila, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Monday encouraged the Moon administration to continue its efforts to improve inter-Korean relations and reduce the potential for conflict. She says the US rejects any "moral equivalency" implied by that proposal.

Wang, who also called for the USA and South Korea to reduce tensions, said after meeting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the sanctions "created the conditions to find a breakthrough".

The new measures - voted through unanimously on Saturday (August 5) - were a response to five nuclear tests and four long-range missile launches.

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