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United States pushes Asian nations on North Korea

12 August 2017

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathering came a day after the United Nations imposed tough new sanctions on Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile programs and less than a week after Tillerson vowed that the us has no intention of overthrowing the dictatorship of Kim Jong Un.

The Security Council unanimously approved the sanctions on North Korea, including banning coal and other exports worth over $1 billion.

The sanctions prohibit countries from hiring more North Korean workers, ban new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures - areas in which China has traditionally been active.

Speaking at a regional security forum in Manila on Monday, Wang said the new resolution showed China and the worldwide community's opposition to North Korea's continued missile tests, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The US-drafted proposal passed the Security Council 15-0, securing support from North Korean allies China and Russian Federation.

The North said it would take an unspecified "resolute action of justice" and would never place its nuclear program on the negotiating table or "flinch an inch" from its push to strengthen its nuclear deterrence as long as US hostility against North Korea persists.

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The goal is to halt North Korea's aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapons and missiles capable of striking the U.S. and elsewhere, a mission given added urgency after two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

Tillerson said Washington would not "specify a specific number of days or weeks" before deciding that North Korea had indeed stopped its tests. "With his approval ratings falling even with his base, Trump is trapped between the realities of dealing with China and his campaign promises to get tough on trade". With the new resolution, there would be "not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen", she told reporters.

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Despite the obvious escalation by North Korea's launching of a missile that could reach American cities, China appeared to dismiss the launches.

"It was a good outcome", US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at an annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila.

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho also says that his country has no intention of using nuclear weapons against any country "except the U.S".

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The army will complete its plans in mid-August, ready for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's order, KCNA reported, citing General Kim Rak Gyom, commander of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army. It also limits the number of North Koreans permitted to work overseas, and bars countries from entering into new joint ventures with North Korea or investing in current ones.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, meeting with North Korea's top diplomat during the gathering in Manila, issued an uncharacteristically strong warning to the country. -South Korea drills begin. Instead, the USA was represented at the dinner by Thornton, whose official title is acting assistant secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs. He says the North is "ready to teach the US a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force". While the US position is that North Korea must ultimately give up its nukes, the North insists it must keep them.

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Speaking at the same forum on Monday, Tillerson held a door open for dialogue with North Korea saying Washington was willing to talk to Pyongyang if it halted its missile test launches.

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United States pushes Asian nations on North Korea