US, Japan, Australia urge ASEAN to 'maximize pressure' on North Korea

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Monday urged East Asian countries to uphold a free and fair economic order amid protectionism to continue outshining the rest of the world.

On Monday, US President Donald Trump spoke to his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in over the phone about relations on the Korean peninsula.

In the coming ASEAN meetings, this issue may well occupy much of the foreign ministers' attention.

Susan Thornton, the top USA diplomat for Asia, said Beijing had historically cooperated with sanctions after flagrant North Korean violations but then slipped back over time.

In the printed version of the speech, Ri said that the entire US mainland is within firing range of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which is North Korea's official name.

China and ASEAN celebrate the 15th anniversary of their strategic partnership next year.

Most important was the agreement between ASEAN and China to adopt the draft framework for a Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea. The ministers called on the worldwide community to implement strictly UNSC resolutions and impose additional diplomatic and economic measures to address the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) threat posed by the North Korean regime and its destabilizing behavior, and to make further efforts to urge North Korea to abandon its current threatening and provocative path and immediately take steps to denuclearize.

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"I think, it is indicative of the importance that the United States pays and places upon this relationship with ASEAN", he said.

The top US diplomat says the United States has been providing the Philippines with surveillance capabilities, training, information and aircraft to help it fight a monthslong siege of a southern city by pro-Islamic State group militants.

Yet despite deeming North Korea a top security threat, the young Trump administration has struggled to find a strategy that differs significantly from what the US has tried in the past.

Xi said that since their dialogue partnership was built in 1991, China and ASEAN have stayed true to cooperation and development, their political mutual trust has deepened and their pragmatic cooperation has seen fruitful outcomes.

"The best signal that North Korea could give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches", Tillerson said at a news conference in Manila. And he dismissed stiff U.N. Security Council sanctions passed Saturday as illegal. "The member states must implement the resolution themselves even without us putting pressure for it". 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.

Wang said the two had an intensive conversation during which China urged North Korea to maintain calm.

All throughout this week, the foreign ministers of the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries - Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and the Philippines - will be meeting in Manila on a host of regional and worldwide issues. Kang is thanking the USA for consulting with South Korea on the sanctions.

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