North Korea sticks to its nuclear dreams despite China's warnings

US' Tillerson arrives in Philippines for ASEAN Forum

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gestures before the 10th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting at the sideline of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings in Manila, Philippines, Aug. 6, 2017.

On Saturday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea that include a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion - a huge bite in its total exports, valued at $3 billion previous year.

Trump hailed the vote saying in a tweet that the sanctions will have "very big financial impact", and thanked Russian Federation and China for backing a measure that either could have halted with their United Nations veto. But they appeared to take pains to avoid a casual meeting.

Tillerson, who was scheduled to attend a gala dinner Sunday, skipped it. Ri did not.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho that Pyongyang's provocations are "reaching the tipping point" when the two met in Manila on August 6 on the sideline of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum.

Ri did not respond publicly.

Ri also said the North "is ready to teach the USA a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force... should the US pounce upon [North Korea] with military force at last".

On Saturday, the UNSC adopted a fresh sanctions resolution unanimously to punish the North for its two claimed intercontinental ballistic missile launches in July. These block North Korean sales of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore, and seafood.

And the editorial itself sounded a resigned note about what will happen now that the sanctions have been passed: "Judging from past experience, the North Korean side will prepare a tough response to the resolution, and the US, Japan, and other countries will use the chance to conduct military activities, which will directly cause the situation to escalate". Tens of thousands of them return hard currency to the increasingly isolated regime. "We haven't really discussed that among ourselves", said Philippine acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo of the USA call to minimize relations with Pyongyang.

North Korea said the sanctions infringed its sovereignty and it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force in response to any USA military action.

"China probably wants to avert more United States secondary sanctions". Very big financial impact!

Anna Paquin jokes about BBC breast broadcast
Actress Anna Paquin has expressed delight after her boobs were accidentally included during a broadcast of BBC's News At Ten. According to BBC's latest report on the story, Paquin said the " True Blood " scene was "fairy land graveyard sex".

There was no direct reaction from North Korea to Tillerson's remarks but in a statement after the USA secretary of state made his comments, Pyongyang responded robustly to the new sanctions by saying it was ready to teach the United States a "severe lesson" if it attacked.

Reuters reported that Wang said the United Nations resolution also made clear that the six-party talks process, a "stalled dialogue mechanism with North Korea that also includes Russian Federation and Japan", should be resurrected.

Back in the U.S., President Trump also celebrated the new sanctions with several tweets and a statement from his press secretary Sarah Sanders late Saturday night.

Moon's office said that he and Trump had agreed to apply "the maximum pressure and sanction".

"We felt that our American counterparts need to keep the dialogue open", Lavrov said.

Still, he maintained the pressure on North Korea, pressing Thailand on Tuesday for more action against Pyongyang.

But the USA has long said it would agree to talk only if North Korea agrees to denuclearization - something many analysts believe is unlikely with North Korea's weapons program having progressed as far as it has.

Trump's administration began floating potential plans to punish China for its trade practices in what was widely perceived as a reaction to China's inaction on North Korea. "At the end of the day, it will take more than sanctions". "It is China", Wang, the Chinese foreign minister, said Sunday. Yang of the University of North Korean Studies said the Trump administration is lacking in the strategy department. "They never have and likely never will".

Ri described North Korea's missiles and nuclear weapons as defensive measures against what he called the threat of annihilation by the United States.

"It's a wild idea to think the DPRK will be shaken and change its position due to this kind of new sanctions formulated by hostile forces", said the statement, which was published by the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Usain Bolt blames 100 meter loss on starting blocks
Aug 13, 2017 - 00:27
According for Forbes magazine, Bolt has earned $32.2 million in 2017, with a majority coming via product endorsements. Putting on the now famous Jamaican yellow vest, Bolt has brought so much ecstasy to diverse peoples across the globe.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nigerian military makes unauthorized search of United Nations base
Aug 13, 2017 - 00:13
When contacted about the development and government's position on it, the acting spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Rumors have spread that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau may have been taking refuge in one of the United Nations buildings.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Red Wings Condemn Use of Logo at White Nationalist Rally
Aug 12, 2017 - 23:51
An estimated 2,000 to 6,000 people were to attend the rally to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a public park on Saturday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top No golden ending as Farah signs off with Worlds silver
Aug 12, 2017 - 23:51
For Farah, there will be no comeback on the track, as he now moves up the marathon looking to extend his gold medal haul. The four-time Olympic champion was beaten in the shorter distance by Ethiopia's Muktar Edris in a thrilling final .

Precision Drilling Corporation (NYSE:PDS) Announces Quarterly Earnings Results
Aug 12, 2017 - 23:50
Finally, Systematic Financial Management LP boosted its stake in Precision Drilling Corporation by 7.7% in the first quarter. Princeton Alpha Management LP increased its stake in shares of Precision Drilling Corporation by 18.3% in the first quarter.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Wall St set to open lower as tensions with N.Korea mount
Aug 12, 2017 - 23:45
Guam, which is more than 3,000 km (2,000 miles) to the southeast of North Korea , is home to about 163,000 people and a U.S. The index's losses mirrored global markets, which fell after incendiary words between the United States and North Korea .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Uber investor sues former CEO Kalanick for fraud
Aug 12, 2017 - 23:21
Instead, the suit says that Kalanick appointed himself to one of those board positions and has refused to fill the others. Benchmark urged the court to issue an injunction blocking Kalanick from exercising his right to appoint new directors.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Facebook anonymously launched an app in China
Aug 12, 2017 - 23:12
But like a lot of USA companies, Facebook has had a hard time breaking through China's onerous digital censorship laws. It was released through a local Chinese company known as Youge Internet Technology.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Guardiola forecasts end to City spending spree
Aug 12, 2017 - 23:00
And, if you're so bleeding clever, why don't you ply us with a few of your own predictions for 2017/18. I don't know, we're going to ask the doctor because, of course, he was injured for a long time.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top PM Abbasi announces Rs25bn development package for Karachi
Aug 12, 2017 - 22:56
The two representatives discussed collaboration, coordination and cooperation between the federal and provincial units. The governor briefed him on the initiatives taken for the development and confidence of the business community.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Markets extend losses as Korea tensions escalate
Aug 12, 2017 - 22:51
Significant strength was also visible among software stocks, as reflected by the 1.2% gain posted by the Dow Jones Software Index. Data storage company Seagate Technology (STX) is posting a standout gain within the hardware sector, climbing by 2.1 percent.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Alexis Sanchez to miss start of season through injury
Aug 12, 2017 - 22:47
Arsene Wenger has conceded Arsenal are not "super optimistic" of star man Alexis Sanchez signing a new contract. Wenger added he had a lot of players whose fitness he wasn't sure about going into the match.

Is this beloved Game Of Thrones character coming back from the dead?
Aug 12, 2017 - 22:35
Thanks to Game of Thrones' penchant for dark colors, I can barely make out any distinguishing features on that woman. I'm not sure if all of this has been pointed out before, but it is worth bringing up.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Heavy rains trigger flood-like situation
Aug 12, 2017 - 22:30
Rivers in South Sikkim are also likely to flow in Moderate Flood situation during the period from 10th to 15th August 2017. A portion of National Highway 415, which connects state capital Itanagar with Assam, eroded near Karsingsa on Friday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump to direct Lighthizer to assess Chinese intellectual property practices
Aug 12, 2017 - 22:23
The North Korean statement pointed to recent military drills out of that command as reason for its newest threat. Trump tweeted Friday that military solutions are "locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".