Trump praises new United Nations sanctions on North Korea

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2017

In a statement carried by the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency, North Korea's government said the sanctions were a "violent infringement of its sovereignty" that was caused by a "heinous US plot to isolate and stifle" the country.

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

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions since 2006 over its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

Tillerson said halting missile test launches, which have anxious neighbours South Korea and Japan, was a first step toward dialogue. "This is not a 'give me 30 days and we are ready to talk.' It's not quite that simple".

"Things were tough from the start due to the adoption of Resolution 2371 at the U.N. Security Council, and the North's statement issued in response made the isolation get worse by declaring its unyielding stance".

Such concerns were on display Sunday in a dizzying display of fast-paced diplomacy spanning multiple continents.

In a phone call, South Korea's Moon and Trump said they would continue cooperating to rein in North Korea, particularly ahead of a regular joint military drill set for late August, South Korean presidential office spokesman Park Su-hyun said. The American and Japanese diplomats held another three-way session with Australia.

Kang was in Manila to attend ASEAN meetings, including the ASEAN Regional Forum, a rare global event to which North Korea also sends its foreign minister annually.

"The Chinese side urged the North Korean side to calmly handle the resolutions. and to not do anything unbeneficial towards the global community such as a nuclear test", Wang said.

"There is no point in having an emergency session if it produces nothing of effect", she said, before putting the ball firmly in China's court, saying, "China must decide whether it is finally willing to take this vital step".

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Armed with extraordinary new U.N. sanctions, nations are racing to ensure that North Korea's biggest trading partners actually carry them out, an elusive task that has undercut past attempts to strong-arm Pyongyang into abandoning its nuclear weapons.

The U.S. -led resolution calls for a ban on North Korean exports of coal, iron and seafood, depriving the communist regime of a third of its annual export revenue.

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.

China is the North's economic lifeline.

John Delury, a China and North Korea expert at Yonsei University in Seoul, noted that the Chinese population that lives along the 800-mile (1,300-km) border with North Korea is already struggling financially.

The White House said the two leaders "affirmed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat" to most countries around the world. He only held a meeting with the Philippine foreign minister, who she said delivered the ASEAN stance on the North Korea issue as a representative of the 10-member organization.

"Since a year ago, when it forcibly implemented two nuclear tests and more than 20 ballistic missile launches, the security threats have entered a new stage", the Japanese Defence Ministry said in the 563-page document released on Tuesday.

Tillerson conceded there would likely be a lag period before the sanctions "actually have a practical bite on their revenues".

"Today is the day that we can definitely say North Korea is a nuclear power", Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, told USA TODAY.

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