Trump tweets support for North Korea sanctions

Pauline Gross
August 7, 2017

The sanctions ban countries from buying North Korean coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.

The resolution, drafted by the U.S. but negotiated with North Korea's neighbour and ally China, is aimed at increasing economic pressure on Pyongyang to return to negotiations on its nuclear and missile programmes.

The 15-member body yesterday strongly condemned North Korea's ballistic missile launches on July 3 and 28, which the country has stated were of "intercontinental" range.

The United States had been informally keeping Britain and France in the loop on the bilateral negotiations, while U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said China had been sharing the draft and negotiating with Russian Federation. It would also impose an asset freeze on two companies and two banks.

"The new sanctions alone are probably insufficient to alter North Korean behavior", said Wilder, who was a Chinese military analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. -South Korean military exercises.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said he hoped recent remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "were honest - that the U.S.is not seeking to dismantle the existing (North Korea) situation or to forcibly unite the peninsula or to militarily intervene in the country".

Chinese Foreign Minister Minister Wang Yi, arrives at the global airport of Pasay to attend the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting, metro Manila, Philippines August 5, 2017.

But the diplomatic road ahead is rocky. She hailed the resolution as the "single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against the North Korean regime".

Trump isn't ruling out a "preventive war" to stop North Korea from being able to threaten the U.S., National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said in an interview with MSNBC done earlier in the week and broadcast on Saturday.

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Thornton also said that the United States would be "watchful" to ensure that China did not slip from its adherence to the new sanctions, which she characterized as the strongest in a generation. "It is China", said Mr. Wang in Manila on Sunday. "Not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen".

Seoul's foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha and her USA counterpart have discussed implementing the newly adopted UN Security Council resolution on the sidelines of ASEAN Regional Forum. The response has been polite but noncommittal.

Tillerson's reluctance to sit down with his North Korean counterpart is despite his growing push for Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table with the US.

U.S. President Donald Trump has often stirred up a storm on Twitter owing to his tweets.

"We had tough negotiations this week", Haley told reporters.

The ASEAN conference also addressed other issues of regional concern.

Tensions over the sea have long vexed ASEAN, which operates on a consensus basis but has had to balance the interests of rival claimants and those more aligned to China.

The United States is particularly concerned about Islamist militants gaining a foothold in the Philippines, after being pushed out of Syria and Iraq.

Ahead of Sunday's talks, Tillerson visited the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial to pay tribute to more than 17,000 USA and Filipino servicemen who died fighting as allies during World War II.

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