North Korea complains UN sanctions are 'mean'

Frederick Owens
Июня 5, 2017

The U.S. and Australia, which counts China as its biggest trading partner, have both stepped up their call for Beijing to match its rising power with responsible behavior.

Beijing is involved in a simmering territorial row with Tokyo over the disputed Senkaku Islands, claimed by China as the Diaoyus. Reports state that the drill coincided with the three-day joint military drill between Japan's naval and air forces and United States' aircraft carriers in the Sea of Japan, according to ANI reports.

"Just as modern China was founded in 1949 on an assertion of national sovereignty, so will 21st century China best succeed by respecting the sovereignty of others and in so doing build a reservoir of trust and cooperation with its neighbors", he added.

Mr Trump has heaped praise his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping since the pair discussed efforts to resolve the North Korea issue at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort in April. It is the seventh sanctions resolution the United Nations body has adopted against the North since the regime's first nuclear test in 2006.

He said there was a possibility the situation could go "pear-shaped" in a unsafe way.

"In this courageous new world, we can not rely on great powers to safeguard our interests", Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a speech to open the three-day event.

Mattis, arguably Trump's most important statesman as the new president hopes to slash the State Department, tried to allay the fears.

Mattis accused China of having contempt for other nations' interests and disregarding worldwide law.

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North Korea has become a security priority for Washington since Pyongyang vowed to accelerate its nuclear and missile programs and to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the US mainland.

"We don't have an answer yet about where we are going on TPP, we don't have an answer yet on trade, we don't have an answer yet for our support for institutions", Campbell said.

"The Trump administration is encouraged by China's renewed commitment to work with the worldwide community toward denuclearisation", he added.

Kim Jong-un's foreign ministry spokesman confirmed earlier on Sunday that North Korea has again rejected United Nations' sanctions against its citizens and entities as a hostile act.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China's construction of facilities in the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea was aimed at improving working conditions for people stationed there, maintaining sovereignty and fulfilling China's global responsibilities.

Hua said China had always respected freedom of navigation but opposed shows of military force in the South China Sea in the name of such exercises as threats to China's sovereignty and security.

China's foreign ministry late on Sunday slammed what it claims were "irresponsible remarks" made by the United States and Japan on the South China Sea and Taiwan at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

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