In Manila, North Korea blames United States for nukes

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

The regime threatened "strategic" and "physical" actions against the USA, which spearheaded the sanctions.

The new Security Council resolution, UNSCR 2371, tightens existing sanctions by imposing a full ban North Korea's export of coal, iron, seafood and other items to other countries; expands the list of individuals and entities subject to an asset freeze; and prohibits countries from increasing the number of North Korean laborers they employ - laborers whose earnings, the USA says, boost revenues for the regime's illicit activities.

"We will be monitoring that carefully and certainly having conversations with any and all that we see who may not be fully embracing not just the spirit of those sanctions but the operational execution of those sanctions", Tillerson said.

Southeast Asian countries are "not happy" with North Korea's missile tests, Cambodia's foreign minister said on Wednesday, calling them a threat to regional security.

In a transcript of a statement by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, which was distributed to media in Manila, Pyongyang called new United Nations sanctions "fabricated" and warned there would be "strong follow-up measures" and acts of justice.

The secretary of State said one of the next steps is "obviously are to see that the Security Council resolution sanctions are enforced by everyone".

Last month, North Korea tested two ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

Under the new sanctions, all countries are now banned from importing North Korean coal, iron, lead and seafood products, and from letting in more North Korean laborers who deliver much-needed hard currency to the Kim Jong-Un regime.

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Meanwhile, Pyongyang lambasted tough new sanctions adopted over the weekend by the U.N. Security Council as an act of terror.

Yet another American president is enlisting China to put the squeeze on North Korea.

The minister also praised the remarks of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, after the US made a series of guarantees including it did not seek a regime change in North Korea or an accelerated reunification of the Korean peninsula.

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"And we hope, again, that this ultimately will result in North Korea coming to the conclusion to choose a different pathway, and when the conditions are right that we can sit and have a dialogue around the future of North Korea so that they feel secure and prosper economically". Kang is thanking the USA for consulting with South Korea on the sanctions. Negotiations are under way but could be drawn out due to disagreement on the language over the South China Sea issues, a Seoul diplomat told The Korea Herald.

But Wang, the Chinese envoy, cast Ri's presence in Manila as a positive, enabling him to "hear the voices from other sides".

The meeting comes as the USA and Asian nations join together to try to step up Pyongyang's economic and diplomatic isolation.

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