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China Ratchets Up Pressure on North Korea

12 August 2017, 07:33 | Devin Moran

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"Over the last 11 years, we have not seen the level of sanctions necessary, and we know that non-North Koreans are facilitating North Korea's sanctions evasion", said Ruggiero, who regretted that United Nations sanctions are focusing primarily on the North Koreans.

Kono, in his turn, expressed hope that the countries would cooperate "in a broad range of areas" to build a new era of bilateral relations, the media added.

Trump's warning comes as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits countries in Asia, where he attended a regional meeting in Manila at the weekend and urged Southeast Asia to cut back on ties with North Korea.

Speaking at the same forum, Mr Wang said the new resolution showed China and the global community's opposition to North Korea's continued missile tests.

The comments came two days after a unanimous 15 to 0 vote by the United Nations Security Council to sanction North Korea over two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests last month.

The latest resolution - the seventh since the North's first nuclear weapons test in 2006 - imposes a total ban on North Korea's primary exports - coal, iron, lead and seafood - aiming to slash the country's roughly $3 billion export revenue by a third. "After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea".

Resolution 2371, like previous UN Security Council sanctions resolutions against North Korea, appears robust, but will likely fall short where it matters: getting North Korea to change its ways.

Another critic of the new measures, Larry Niksch, a former Asia expert at the U.S. Congressional Research Service, said China's enforcement of other sanctions has been "spotty at best". With the United States homeland looking vulnerable, Donald Trump could soon be facing into his first major foreign crisis, possibly requiring him to make big decisions soon on how to tackle Pyongyang's provocations.

China, North Korea's lone major ally, has repeatedly said it is committed to enforcing increasingly tough United Nations resolutions on North Korea, though it has also said what it terms "normal" trade and ordinary North Koreans should not be affected.




"North Korea's response is expected, because they have their own position", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Manila on Monday night.

The US fears North Korea may one day use its missiles to deliver a nuclear payload to its west coast.

"It's a positive but very small step, and can at least help the two Koreas exchange some views on the current state of affairs", Kim Jin-ho, a professor of political science at Dankook University in South Korea, said of the meeting between foreign ministers. "I don't think that the USA has a clear policy on North Korea". For that reason, the United States will rely heavily on China to enforce the new sanctions.

The United States did not seek regime change, the collapse of the regime, an accelerated reunification of the peninsula or an excuse to send the US military into North Korea, Tillerson said.

The successful testing of two ICBMs last month suggested the reclusive North was making technical progress, Japan's annual Defence White Paper warned.

Trump, whose administration is moving to crack down on leaks of USA government information, also retweeted a Fox News report based on anonymous sources that said us spy satellites had detected North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to a patrol boat.

Tillerson did not specify how long North Korea would need to suspend its missile launches.

"North Korea should realise if it doesn't stop its nuclear, missile provocations, it will face even stronger pressure and sanctions", Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun told a regular news briefing.

Earlier on Monday, Pyongyang vowed it would deliver "thousands-fold" revenge against the United States over the fresh sanctions. "We warn North Korea not to test or misunderstand the will of the South Korea-U.S. alliance".



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