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United States tells China to fully execute NKorea sanctions

United States tells China to fully execute NKorea sanctions

On North Korea, China has continually pushed back on any efforts to clamp down on the regime, even after the launch of two intercontinental ballistic missiles by North Korea in July, during which time China held the presidency of the Security Council.

The resolution includes a complete ban on the North's exports of coal, a major source of money needed to advance its weapons program.

North Korea launched two missiles last month that experts say have the range to reach anywhere in the US including Los Angeles and Chicago.

Even as they celebrate a diplomatic victory in persuading China and Russian Federation to sign on to cutting new sanctions, the USA and other countries are deeply concerned that failure to rigorously enforce them could significantly blunt their impact.

North Korean's top diplomat says "under no circumstances" will it put its nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles on the negotiating table. It has urged North Korea to halt future ballistic missile and nuclear tests, while also calling on the USA and South Korea to cease military exercises.

"We'll know it when we see it", Tillerson said.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged "the North Korean side to calmly handle the resolutions".

In this EPA photo, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to reporters at a hotel in Manila, the Philippines, on August 7, 2017.

But restrictions on supplies of oil to North Korea were excluded, apparently due to China and Russia's concerns they could deepen the humanitarian crisis in the cash-strapped nation. However, in a characteristically fiery editorial before the latest sanctions were approved, the North's ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun warned against the United States aggression.

South Korean Ambassador to the U.N. Cho Tae-yul welcomed the resolution, saying Pyongyang must bear the consequences of its flagrant violations of existing resolutions. It also prohibits countries from increasing the numbers of North Korean labourers now working overseas, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures.

China has repeatedly said it is committed to enforcing increasingly tough United Nations resolutions on North Korea, though it has also said what it terms "normal" trade and ordinary North Koreans should not be affected.

But he lauded the Security Council resolution as a message that there is "no daylight" in the worldwide community's expectations that the defiant regime will take steps toward denuclearization.

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Tillerson also met his Chinese counterpart, who said they had "specific and meaningful" talks about North Korea and agreed that the new resolutions should be a means of returning to dialogue.

"The North Korean threat has not left us".

He declined to say what Ri had told him.

He also called for halting the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, saying it will not resolve the North Korean nuclear stalemate.

Asked about what diplomatic achievement the Seoul government has made at this year's ASEAN meetings, Kang said she could draw clear support from many countries for the so-called Berlin initiative announced in July by President Moon Jae-in to address the North's nuclear issue through both pressure and talks. Instead, the US was represented at the dinner by Thornton, whose official title is acting assistant secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs.

Tillerson held talks for over an hour with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who said he believed his US colleagues were ready to continue dialogue, despite tensions over new sanctions on Moscow.

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