China urges North Korea to halt missile tests

Marie Harrington
August 8, 2017

"We're not going to give someone a specific number of days or weeks", he said during a briefing at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila.

The restrictions were recommended for the exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood as well as workforce - prohibiting countries from increasing existing numbers of North Korean workers employed outside the country. Every year, in March and in August, the USA and South Korea conduct large-scale, joint-military exercises on the peninsula, which North Korea sees as a pretext for war. Washington would continue annual joint military exercises with South Korea, Haley said.

Beijing objects to the USA advanced anti-missile battery in the region that can potentially monitor China's military activities using high-resolution radar.

It says the United Nations sanctions will never force the country to negotiate over its nuclear programme or to give up its nuclear drive.

Wang also urged the USA and South Korea "to stop increasing tensions" and said that all sides should return to negotiations.

North Korea is furious after the UN Security Council passed it toughest sanctions yet against the country following their two recent missiles tests that showed the capability of reaching the US.

Earlier South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed to apply maximum pressure and sanctions on North Korea, while China expressed hope that North and South Korea could resume contact soon.

"You need deeper sanctions over a longer period of time, like years, before you can see if North Korea changes its behavior", Thomas Byrne, president of the New York-based Korea Society, said in a telephone interview.

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In a statement carried by the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency, North Korea's government said the sanctions were a "violent infringement of its sovereignty" that was caused by a "heinous US plot to isolate and stifle" North Korea.

The three also welcomed a fresh resolution adopted by the U.N. Security Council on Saturday to strengthen sanctions on North Korea.

In a separate statement, the White House said the two leaders "affirmed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat" to most countries around the world. The region itself is not a treaty partner of the US and it's up to the 10 Southeast Asian countries to respond firmly to China's posture in the South China Sea, he said.

The tough new United Nations sanctions could slash North Korea's $3 billion annual export revenue by a third.

"On Aug. 7, Tillerson and Kang will be holding a trilateral foreign ministers" meeting with Japan's newly appointed Foreign Minister Taro Kono, including a business luncheon, where they are planning to discuss ways to respond to North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs.

SMITH: The U.S. and the United Nations have been imposing sanctions on North Korea for years.

"The door to dialogue is still open", South Korea said in a statement after Tillerson met Kang in Manila.

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