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N.Korea pledges "righteous" action after new United Nations sanctions

Kim Jong Un N.Korea pledges "righteous" action after new United Nations sanctions
Saul Franklin | 08 August, 2017, 00:47

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the support of China and Russian Federation for the latest sanctions sent a strong message to North Korea about what was expected of it.

Wang spoke to reporters in Manila after meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on the sidelines of a regional meeting after the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions to punish Pyongyang for its escalating nuclear and missile programs.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has called them the strongest sanctions yet against North Korea.

The North said it would take an unspecified "resolute action of justice" and would never place its nuclear program on the negotiating table or "flinch an inch" from its push to strengthen its nuclear deterrence as long as USA hostility against North Korea persists.

The sanctions ban North Korea from exporting coal, lead and seafood and restrict other countries from importing the goods.

In a statement Kim Jong Un's government called the sanctions a "violent infringement of its sovereignty" caused by a "heinous US plot to isolate and stifle" North Korea.

He elaborated, stating: "This is not a 'give me 30 days and we are ready to talk.' It's not quite that simple".

The meeting was initially slated for mid-July before Japan's cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, in which Kono was appointed foreign minister, but was put off due to reasons on the US side. "It is all about how we see their attitude in approaching a dialogue with us".

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Speaking at a security forum in Manila, Washington's top diplomat said Kim Jong-Un's regime must halt ballistic missile tests if it wanted to talk to the United States about resolving the standoff.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha shakes hands with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before their meeting at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) foreign ministers' meeting in Manila, Aug. 6.

"Do not violate the UN's decision or provoke global society's goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests", Wang reportedly told Ri.

The North has launched more than a dozen test missiles this year.

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

Over the weekend two of North Korea's most powerful trade allies, China and Russian Federation, appear to be willing to help apply more pressure as well.

The resolution "condemns in the strongest terms" North Korea's July 4 and July 28 missile tests, and adds new individuals and entities, including the Foreign Trade Bank, a state-owned lender that acts as North Korea's "primary foreign exchange bank", to a United Nations sanctions list.

Wang also urged the US and South Korea "to stop increasing tensions" and said that all sides should return to negotiations. The U.S. estimate of a Thai trade surplus of $18.9 billion put it in 11th place on U.S. President Donald Trump's list of countries to be investigated.

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