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On Sunday, the foreign ministers of Asean and China adopted a framework of the Code of Conduct that, according to the joint communique, "will facilitate the work for the conclusion of an effective COC on a mutually agreed timeline".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the approval of new United Nations sanctions targeting North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs is a "very good outcome".

The ASEAN bloc called Saturday on North Korea to refrain from carrying out more nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests, saying these contributed to escalating tensions in Asia.

Xi made the pledge when sending congratulations on the 50th anniversary of ASEAN's founding in a message to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose country has ASEAN's rotating chairmanship this year.

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In a joint statement released earlier, the foreign ministers of the three countries said the ruling of the Arbitral Tribunal, which favored the Philippines, was "final and legally binding". "We reiterate our support for the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner, call for the exercise of self-restraint, and underscore the importance of creating conditions conducive for dialogue to de-escalate tensions", it said.

In the printed version of the speech, Ri said that the entire US mainland is within firing range of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which is North Korea's official name.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said earlier that the ASEAN ministers were divided over a US proposal to remove North Korea from the ASEAN Regional Forum, a 27-member grouping that includes the North, along with its most bitter adversaries - South Korea, the United States and Japan. The ministers also urged ASEAN member states to maximize pressure on North Korea.

He told journalists that the unanimous vote by the UN Security Council to impose new sanctions was "quite clear in terms of being no daylight among the global community" on their desire for North Korea to stop its tests.

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In his opening remarks for the Ministerial Meeting, Tillerson said that among the issues that have been discussed between him and the ASEAN officials are "a number of matters of mutual security interest, and a number of economic areas of interest".

Wang said the two had an intensive conversation during which China urged North Korea to maintain calm. China alone is responsible for 90 percent of North Korea's trade, and Russian Federation like China employs North Koreans as contract workers, whose salaries mostly go directly to their government. Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh is among top diplomats from more than 20 countries attending meetings in Manila this week.

Should those talks occur, they would be the first military-to-military dialogue in three years.

Susan Thornton is the top USA diplomat for Asia.

Three Kashmiri youths martyred, several injured in occupied Kashmir
Meanwhile, authorities have directed telecom authorities to block mobile Internet services in Budgam district. An encounter has broken out between terrorists and security forces in Shopian town of south Kashmir.

The U.S. drafted the sanctions resolution and negotiated it with China following North Korea's unprecedented test of an ICBM in July and a follow-up test weeks later.

Reported byBenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

Four UAE soldiers killed as coalition helicopter crashes in Yemen
Initial reports issued by the Saudi Press Agency said the soldiers sustained "minor injuries" following an emergency landing. Another five injured soldiers were taken to hospital in Mukalla in the neighbouring province of Hadramawt, they said.


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