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

Pauline Gross
August 12, 2017

The latest United Nations sanctions come as a response to North Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch on July 4, which was a successful milestone that was followed by a second missile launch of this type on July 28.

Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said new United Nations sanctions targeting North Korea are a "very good outcome".

"We actually had very thorough talks", Wang said, adding "The Chinese side urged the North Korean side to calmly handle the resolutions the UN Security Council just made towards North Korea and to not do anything unbeneficial towards the global community such as a nuclear test".

"But in order to protect the worldwide non-proliferation system and regional peace and stability, China will, as before, fully and strictly properly implement the entire contents of the relevant resolution".

Despite tweeting last week that the USA was "done talking" about North Korea, Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley also emphasized in her speech Saturday that, "we want only security and prosperity for all nations-including North Korea".

The US-drafted resolution imposed a full ban on North Korea's exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, and lead ore, as well as fish and seafood. -South Korean military exercises.

"After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea".

Recent US rhetoric has given the worldwide community heightened concerns that Trump might now be thinking, much more seriously, about a pre-emptive strike on Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities.

The Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.

North Korea is close to developing a viable nuclear deterrent against the USA and other powers, which its leadership considers essential for the survival of the regime.

North Korea says its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are a legitimate means of defence against perceived US hostility.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week, "We would like to sit and have a dialogue with them about the future that will give them the security they seek and the future economic prosperity for North Korea".

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The State Department has previously ruled out holding any direct talks with North Korea's envoy Ri during Tillerson's stay in Manila.

Wang said Tillerson's "Four Nos" promise was a positive signal.

The statement from North Korea comes at a time when Pyongyang is showing no sign of interest in cooperating with Seoul or responding to invitations to civic-level engagement.

The comments come as tension grows between Washington and Pyongyang.

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The successful testing of two ICBMs last month suggested the reclusive North was making technical progress, Japan's annual Defence White Paper warned. On Monday, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles in an apparent protest against ongoing U.S.

China supplies the regime with roughly 500,000 tons of crude oil annually, according to South Korean data. "It will curtail the North's financial sources for nuclear and ballistic missile activities and send the worldwide community's clear message to the regime that a nuclear-armed North is not acceptable", the ministry said.

South Korea reiterated further resolutions against Pyongyang could follow if it did not pull back.

BANG KWANG HYUK, Spokesman, North Korean Delegation (through interpreter): We affirmed that we will never place our nuclear and ballistic missiles program on the negotiating table and won't budge an inch on strengthening nuclear armament.

Moon, who returned from summer vacation on Saturday, is expected to have phone calls with his USA and Japanese counterparts about the latest developments.

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