Welcome boost from China to global pressure on North Korea

Welcome boost from China to global pressure on North Korea

The United States does not seek regime change, the collapse of the regime, an accelerated reunification of the peninsula or an excuse to send the USA military into North Korea, Tillerson said.

Tillerson also met his Chinese counterpart, who said they had "specific and meaningful" talks about North Korea and agreed that the new resolutions should be a means of returning to dialogue.

North Korea argues that its nuclear and missile programs are only aimed at deterring an eventual invasion from the U.S., a country with which the regime has been technically at war for more than 60 years.

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

ASEAN's problem in agreeing the wording highlight China's growing influence at a time of uncertainty over the new USA administration's policy on the South China Sea and to what extent it will contest China's assertiveness.

China's foreign minister said Sunday that new U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea were the right response to a series of missile tests, but insisted dialogue was also vital to resolve the complex and sensitive issue now at a "critical juncture". She says in the past, there's been a pattern in which China complies with sanctions after a North Korean provocation, but then slips back over time.

North Korea's official news agency threatened to make the United States "pay the price for its crime thousands of times", and North Korea's foreign minister warned that warned that Pyongyang "will, under no circumstances, put the nuclear and ballistic missiles on the negotiating table".

"It will be a war more serious in terms of human suffering than anything we've seen since 1953", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said earlier this year.

Infusing the diplomatic gathering with dramatic intrigue was the presence of Ri, the odd man out at a meeting dominated by concerns about his nation's nuclear proliferation.

Tillerson made the remark on the sidelines of meetings involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila, the Philippines.

Still, North Korean officials would do well to remind themselves of the nuclear threat they now face. But he said the USA should assume the worst.

But it was not immediately clear if Ri planned to meet ministers of other countries in Manila. "Today is truly a sad day indeed", he said.

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

Wang also told Tillerson that "blindly" using sanctions is not a solution to the Korean peninsula issue and hoped the United States would seriously consider China's proposed "dual suspension" of military drills in the South and missile tests in the North.

Susan Thornton, acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said China's support for sanctions showed it recognised the gravity of the situation, but it was incumbent on Beijing to ensure they were implemented.

Tillerson held talks for over an hour with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who said he believed his US colleagues were ready to continue dialogue, despite tensions over new sanctions on Moscow.

Ri hasn't spoken publicly since arriving in the Philippines. "The Chinese side urged the North Korean side to calmly handle the resolutions the U.N. Security Council just made towards North Korea and to not do anything unbeneficial towards the global community such as a nuclear test".

"Now the US mainland is on the crossroads of life and death", the commentary warned.

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