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Nations race to prevent backsliding on sweeping North Korea sanctions

Nations race to prevent backsliding on sweeping North Korea sanctions

"Tighter sanctions and added pressure from the USA could make it even more hard for North Korea to push through some future contracts as countries could think twice about buying from North Korea at this time", echoed Omar Lamrani, senior military analyst at geopolitical intelligence firm Stratfor.

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.

The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday aimed at pressuring Pyongyang to end its nuclear programme.

"We hope again that this ultimately will result in North Korea coming to a conclusion to choose a different pathway, and when the conditions are right that we can sit and have a dialogue around the future of North Korea so that they feel secure and prosper economically", added Tillerson, the Post reported.

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Apart from the North Korea issue, the ministers touched on the regional terrorist threat, climate change and diplomatic wrangling on overlapping claims in the South China Sea during Saturday's two-and-a-half hour closed-door meeting, Bolivar said.

"We will under no circumstances put the nukes and ballistic rockets on (the) negotiating table", Pyongyang's top diplomat told ASEAN delegates, among them US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. In a joint statement at the end of a meeting of their foreign ministers in Manila, the three countries said new sanctions on North Korea should be strictly implemented. All countries are now banned from importing North Korean coal, iron, lead and seafood products, and from letting in more North Korean laborers who sent remittances back into the country. Malaysia, however, downgraded bilateral ties in February following the assassination on Malaysian soil of the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Triggering an economic meltdown in North Korea would inevitably produce a spillover effect in China, he said. A statement from the White House says Trump and Moon "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".

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

Ri tried to make the most of it, holding meetings with the top diplomats from China and Russian Federation, two countries that voted in favor of the latest United Nations sanctions. In return for a missile moratorium, Beijing and Moscow say the USA should undertake to end "large-scale" military exercises with South Korea. And the White House says they committed to fully implement all relevant resolutions and to urge the worldwide community to do so as well.

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Thornton says the USA wants to ensure that with the new sanctions, there's "not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen". He said the program was a rational "strategic option" in case of attack by the US, the Washington Post reported.

In the face of Saturday's United Nations sanctions, North Korea remained defiant, saying the UN's move was unwarranted and unfair.

"And I think also it sends a strong message to two parties that we think can have some influence on how the North Koreans come to grips with the reality of what they're facing, that being China and Russian Federation", he added.

The new economic sanctions were approved amid the discussions in Manila.

US stocks slip amid heightened US-North Korea tensions
South Korea's KOSPI fell 1.7 percent to its lowest since May 24, but its losses for the week are a relatively modest 3.2 percent. While the French CAC 40 Index fell by 0.6%, the German DAX Index slumped by 1.1% and the UK's FTSE 100 Index plunged by 1.4%.


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