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Southeast Asian unhappy over North Korea's missile tests - Cambodia

13 August 2017, 09:03 | Erica Roy

Chinese, N. Korean foreign ministers hold meeting at ASEAN Forum in Manila – report

Sanctions, talks important for N. Korean nuclear issue: China

The statement also said, "Some ministers emphasized the importance of addressing humanitarian concerns, including the immediate resolution of the abductions issue", implicitly referring to North Korea's kidnapping of Japanese nationals decades ago.

Though Beijing repeated its call for the United States and North Korea to resume talks, the USA said that was still premature, and rejected yet again a Chinese call for the U.S.to freeze joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for the North halting nuclear development.

North Korea has launched more than a dozen test missiles this year.

But Mr Tillerson appeared more conciliatory on Monday.

South Korea's government said the North would face stronger sanctions if it doesn't stop its nuclear and missile provocation. "We also gave the South Korean authorities a chance to realize that following in the footsteps of the conservative regime would mean it would lose everything". He's not specifying what those are.

The UN Security Council on Saturday imposed its toughest round of sanctions yet against Pyongyang over its two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July. And the White House says they committed to fully implement all relevant resolutions and to urge the global community to do so as well. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, called the U.S. -drafted resolution "the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against" North Korea.

At the ARF, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho denounced the latest UNSC resolution as a "fabrication" and threatened to retaliate against the U.S.

As diplomats gathered in the Philippines for an annual regional meeting, President Donald Trump was cheering the move.

Tillerson aide R.C. Hammond says that after a productive first day, Tillerson has taken time to prepare for Day 2.

Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary of state for the region, said the USA would closely monitor Beijing for compliance with the sanctions.

Ri was spotted at the gala smiling and toasting with the other foreign ministers. China accounts for nearly 90 percent of the North's foreign trade. The 28 members include 10 ASEAN member states.

Yet despite deeming North Korea a top security threat, the young Trump administration has struggled to find a strategy that differs significantly from what the USA has tried in the past.

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".

The Trump administration has made clear it does not favor the China-Russia plan, however.

The foreign ministers on Sunday adopted a negotiating framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea and also issued a communique that pressed for non-militarization and expressed concerns about China's island-building. She says the US rejects any "moral equivalency" implied by that proposal.

Wang said the two had an intensive conversation during which China urged North Korea to maintain calm.

Wang did not disclose what Ri had told him during their meeting.

He also said there will be no negotiations on its nuclear and missile programs unless the USA gives up its "hostile" policy toward his nation. "Can we get to the point where the North Koreans do not see the necessity of having nuclear weapons?"

After weeks of US frustration over China's reluctance to take action, Trump's strategy of relying on Beijing's help showed early signs of paying off.

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

Later on Saturday, the Security Council in NY unanimously passed a resolution that imposes even tougher sanctions aimed at depriving the communist state of up to $1 billion in annual revenue from exports of coal, iron, iron ore and other products, news reports said.

South Korea and Japan need to communicate more often in the face of missile and nuclear program of Pyongyang, according to South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.

He also had a bilateral meeting with the state minister of Sri Lanka. She says it was a "very, very good outcome".

China, however, is easily North Korea's biggest trading partner and economic benefactor, and helped design the sanctions package. 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.

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