Sanctions, talks important for N. Korean nuclear issue: China

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

It claimed the sanctions were caused by a "heinous United States plot to isolate and stifle" North Korea and said the country will take "action of justice", but did not elaborate.

The U.S. has rejected both proposals, although Tillerson said last week the U.S. was willing to talk with Pyongyang - if the North agrees to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons.

During a bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, he said that "thoughtless pressure and sanctions are not a solution" on the North Korean nuclear issue.

Tillerson says, "We'll know it when we see it".

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

Before Tillerson's trip, the US had said he had no plans to interact with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

But he also said it was not as simple as North Korea stopping launches for a few days or weeks.

China voted in favor of the sanctions despite being North Korea's largest trading partner.

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"The ministers expressed their grave concern over recent developments in the Korean Peninsula including the most recent testing by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) on July 4 and July 28, 2017 and previous ballistic missile launches and two nuclear tests in 2016", the statement said. The document implies prohibition of imports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead and seafood from the Asian nation by the UN member states.

Speaking in NY after the Security Council adopted the new resolution Saturday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley stressed that the joint drills would not stop. Wang also pressed for a restart of six-party talks involving North and South Korea, the U.S., China, Russia and Japan.

There was no direct reaction from North Korea to Tillerson's remarks but in a statement after the USA secretary of state made his comments, Pyongyang responded robustly to the new sanctions by saying it was ready to teach the United States a "severe lesson" if it attacked.

The statement also said, "Some ministers emphasized the importance of addressing humanitarian concerns, including the immediate resolution of the abductions issue", implicitly referring to North Korea's kidnapping of Japanese nationals decades ago.

"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".

"Do not violate the U.N.'s decision or provoke global society's goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests", Wang said he told North Korea's Ri.

Susan Thornton is the top USA diplomat for Asia. Those tests sharply escalated US fears that Pyongyang is a key step closer to mastering the technology needed to strike American soil with a nuclear-tipped missile.

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