China activities on South China Sea irks USA, allies

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

Robespierre Bolivar, foreign ministry spokesman of host Philippines, said the adoption of the framework symbolised the commitment to creating a "substantive and effective" code.

President Donald Trump is demanding full and speedy implementation of the new penalties.

The ASEAN ministers failed to release the joint statement as expected after meeting on Saturday due to their differences on the sea issue, with Vietnam pushing for tougher language and Cambodia lobbying hard for China.

The top US diplomat held bilateral talks with the leaders of 26 countries during the regional summit, as he begins his first diplomatic trip to Southeast Asia.

Tillerson says the US has "other means of communication" open to North Korea if the country wants to express to the USA a desire to talk.

"Do not violate the U.N.'s decision or provoke global society's goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests", Wang said, in an unusually direct admonition.

They also expressed satisfaction over the framework for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea and agreed to make joint efforts so that their negotiations on a code of behavior in the waters can be started within the year.

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He said the US has a "pretty good idea" of North Korea's intentions, but Pompeo declined to provide specifics. North Korea has previously mobilized large crowds to show its resolve when tensions escalate.

The ARF is an annual security gathering involving foreign ministers from almost 30 nations including China, Japan, South Korea, the United States and the ASEAN members.

"Lavrov emphasized that under the firm principle that it will not accept North Korea's nuclear weapons, Russian Federation will closely work with South Korea for a joint worldwide goal of achieving denuclearization in a peaceful manner", Seoul's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Wang told a news conference in Manila that those conditions include noninterference by "outside parties", apparently referring to the United States, which Beijing has frequently accused of meddling in what it says is an Asian dispute that should be resolved only by the countries involved.

Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton said countries locked in the sea disputes should "stop improving or expanding or militarizing any of their outposts". Beijing frequently accuses the USA of meddling in what it says is an Asian dispute that should be resolved only by the countries involved.

North Korea has is yet to officially respond to the new sanctions.

At the ASEAN-plus-three meeting, the 13 countries also discussed how to address threats from North Korea.

The diplomat said Sunday Cambodia wants its sentiments on the Korean Peninsula better reflected in the ASEAN foreign ministers' joint communique, causing a delay in its issuance Saturday after the ministers concluded their meeting. "The member states must implement the resolution themselves even without us putting pressure for it". South Korea is hoping these will ease tensions along the border. The two proposals in question are the Moon administration's proposals to North Korea last month that the two sides hold military authority and Red Cross talks as follow-up measures for its Berlin vision.

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