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'Anachronistic': N. Korea slams 'international hooligan United States brandishing sanctions club'

08 August 2017, 12:46 | Franklin Nunez

Chinese foreign minister says he pressed N.Korea to follow UN resolutions

China Vows to Strictly Implement U.N. Resolutions on N. Korea

Bolstered by new U.N. sanctions, the United States and North Korea's neighbors are joining in a fresh attempt to isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs, in a global pressure campaign being cheered on by U.S. President Donald Trump. Those tests sharply escalated US fears that Pyongyang is a key step closer to mastering the technology needed to strike American soil with a nuclear-tipped missile.

Secretary Tillerson is in Manila, where he will participate in #ASEAN2017 and discuss #DPRK, regional security.

"To have China stand with us, along with Japan and (South Korea) and the rest of the worldwide community telling North Korea to do this, it's pretty impactful", Haley said. They include a ban on all exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. North Korea earns approximately $3 billion per year from exports, according to the US mission to the United Nations, meaning the sanctions could block as much as one-third of North Korea's revenue. It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean laborers working overseas, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures.

"We strongly call upon (North Korea) as a participant of the ASEAN Regional Forum, to positively contribute to realise the ARF vision to maintain the Asia-Pacific as a region of lasting peace, stability, friendship and prosperity", said the ASEAN ministers meeting in Manila.

- Conor Finnegan (@cjf39) August 6, 2017Secretary Tillerson meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Kang Kyung-wha, in Manila. The members of United Nations will are not allowed also from increasing the "total number of work authorizations", and developing business or any joint enterprises with the business partners from sanctioned North Korea. After a month of negotiations, the United States reached a deal with China, North Korea's main trading partner and ally, on the measures aimed at ratcheting up pressure on Pyongyang to halt its missile and nuclear tests. Beijing views the US missile shield as a threat to its own security.

"We want to make sure China is continuing to implement fully the sanctions regime", Thornton told reporters in Manila. "Our objective is to bring all parties involved in the nuclear issues back to the negotiation table".

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China is a major host country of North Korean workers, along with Russian Federation. Thornton reiterated Sunday that the USA rejects such a "freeze-for-freeze", calling it a false moral equivalency.

It is said that the incomes of workers dispatched by Pyongyang to other countries are a source of funds for North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs.

Two resolutions adopted past year however have introduced economic sanctions with more bite. "It was not a good day for North Korea". Beijing praised Tillerson for declaring the US wasn't seeking regime change in North Korea.

The resolution asks the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea to ban the import of many more so-called dual-use items, which have commercial purposes but can also be used in conventional, biological, chemical or nuclear weapons.

The comments came as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in the Philippines for a regional summit that is expected to focus heavily on concerns with North Korea.

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