China urges North Korea to stop missile tests

Kristopher Drake
August 8, 2017

Mr Trump later took to social media to hail the vote, thanking Russian Federation and China in a Twitter post for backing the sanctions that either could have halted with their UN veto, adding that he was "very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote on North Korea sanctions". The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose the new sanctions just yesterday.

The regime in Pyongyang has threatened "thousands-fold" revenge on the USA for new sanctions it has sponsored in response to its ongoing nuclear programme.

On the heels of that win at the United Nations, the US has been trying to isolate North Korea at the gathering of leaders in Manila, campaigning for its expulsion from the ASEAN Regional Forum. "Not even close. The North Korean threat has not left us, it is rapidly growing more risky", US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council.

It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean labourers working overseas, bans new joint ventures any any new investment in current joint ventures.

The sanctions would also ban "the opening of new joint ventures or cooperative entities with" North Korea, and cap the number of North Koreans working in other countries at current levels.

North Korea forces workers to go overseas to earn hard currency to send home to the regime.

The two leaders also discussed Seoul's request for USA approval to double the destructive power of its own ballistic missile payload from 500 kilograms to one ton of explosives, and to increase their maximum range to 800 kilometers (500 miles).

He urged the north to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said Seoul's proposals lack sincerity when South Korea is imposing sanctions on the North with the USA, the official added. Seoul's earlier delay was seen as a move to mitigate economic retaliation from China that reportedly imposed limits on travel and South Korean imports over THAAD.

China's territorial disputes in the strategic and potentially oil- and gas-rich waterway with Taiwan and ASEAN member states Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam intensified after Beijing built islands in the disputed waters in recent years and reportedly started to install a missile defense system on them, alarming rival claimant states as well as the US and other Western governments.

HU: (Laughter) This sounds extreme, but it is actually rather par for the course, if not tame, for North Korean state media threats.

"Only dialogue and negotiation is the correct way out to address the Korean peninsula issue", he said.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday ruled out a quick return to dialogue with North Korea, as he said new United Nations sanctions showed the world had run out of patience with Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions.

"The best signal that North Korea could give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches", the U.S.'s top diplomat said, but added, "This is not a 'Give me 30 days and we are ready to talk.' It's not quite that simple".

Moon's office said that he and Trump had agreed to apply "the maximum pressure and sanction".

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