Trump praises new UN sanctions on North Korea

China Calls for Mutual Respect in Strengthening Relations with US

The U.S. -drafted resolution bans key North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. Malaysia is one of several countries making it harder for North Koreans to enter the country. Opening new joint ventures with the North is prohibited as well as making new investments in current ventures. There is a possibility that the threat of sanctions may drive the North to significantly accelerate its weapons development program. China also exports over 200,000 tons of oil products, according to United Nations data reported by Reuters. According to South Korean statistics, China accounts for an average of 90 percent of total trade with North Korea. "It will significantly reduce the North's foreign currency income", the ministry said Sunday after the resolution was passed.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will be under pressure to prove the punitive actions of the worldwide community won't shake his commitment to the development of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them to distant targets. And Trump's previous notion that China could simply solve this problem for everyone is magical thinking.

He was, of course, being diplomatic, because many more people - the North Koreans surely, the U.S., and its allies in the region - will surely be drawn into the conflict and inevitably suffer.

He says the North is "ready to teach the US a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force". "And that includes a military option", he said. Tillerson says he and the South Korean diplomat plan to discuss the sanctions during their meeting, along with next steps to pressure the North. Very unlikely, considering the North's actions and decisions in the past.

Kang is echoing Tillerson's praise for the sanctions approved Saturday by the U.N. Security Council.

The sweeping measures were the first of their scope to be imposed on North Korea since US President Donald Trump took office. "Very big financial impact!" he tweeted.

Recent US rhetoric has given the global community heightened concerns that Trump might now be thinking, much more seriously, about a pre-emptive strike on Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities.

The Moon Blue House said Sunday that it is satisfied with the resolution, dismissing the conservative opposition parties' discontent that an oil embargo was not included.

"If they had nuclear weapons that could threaten the United States, it's intolerable from the president's perspective", McMaster said. "After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea". "Neither shall we flinch even an inch from the road to bolstering up the nuclear forces chosen by ourselves, unless the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the USA against the DPRK are fundamentally eliminated".

However, despite the raising of the stakes last month with two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests by the regime, the Southeast Asian states do not generally share Washington's super prioritisation of this issue. It was the eighth sanctions resolution since 2006.

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LISA DESJARDINS: To new sanctions, North Korea today reacted with its own threat. Diplomatic sources said Beijing shifted its position after an article on Politico on July 31. China, which is a permanent member of the UNSC with a veto power, opted to vote for the sanctions. The United States had to figure out how far China and Russian Federation were willing to go.

As the United Nations slapped tougher sanctions on the North, the reclusive communist regime's top diplomat arrived in Manila for a multilateral conference.

Ri is scheduled to attend the ASEAN Regional Security Forum, or ARF.

LISA DESJARDINS: And again singled out the United States. However, he refused to discuss Ri's schedule.

Wang did not disclose what Ri had told him during their meeting.

Many experts say they aren't so sure. She said she and Tillerson discussed the cooperation of China and Russian Federation in the process of adopting the resolution.

Ms Kang urged her northern counterpart to accept Seoul's offers of military talks to lower tensions on the divided peninsula, and for discussions on a new round of reunions for divided families, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

Other bilateral meetings were also scheduled on the sidelines of the forum.

Wang also met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Manila late yesterday.

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