UN Security Council Votes Unanimously To Impose Toughest Sanctions Yet

Posted August 08, 2017

China's foreign minister said on Sunday new U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea were the right response to a series of missile tests, but dialogue was vital to resolve a complex and sensitive issue now at a "critical juncture".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is attending the ASEAN meetings.

On Sunday, Tillerson held separate talks in Manila with foreign ministers Wang Yi of China and Sergei Lavrov of Russian Federation, both of whom he said were in support of a tough stance on Pyongyang's arsenal.

The country's statement issued on Monday came two days after the UN Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions to punish the North including a ban on coal and other exports worth over one billion USA dollars.

The restrictions are the third set of sanctions imposed on North Korea in the past 18 months in an effort to halt the country developing its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities.

It says the United Nations sanctions will never force the country to negotiate over its nuclear programme or to give up its nuclear drive.

"The best signal that North Korea can give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches". Tillerson also said on August 6 that the Moon administration had taken an important step with its decision to temporarily deploy four additional THAAD launchers to the base in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, following North Korea's missile launch last month.

However many regional security analysts remain skeptical that the new sanctions will succeed in pressuring the Kim Jong Un government to agree to talks on Washington's terms, and there are concerns that Beijing will selectively enforce the sanctions, as it had done in the past, for fear of destabilizing the region.

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.

Mr Trump later took to social media to hail the vote, thanking Russian Federation and China in a Twitter post for backing the sanctions that either could have halted with their UN veto, adding that he was "very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote on North Korea sanctions". And so one of the items that China has been encouraging the U.S.to bring to the table are these joint-military exercises. He says he won't give a concrete timeframe but that the USA will "know it when we see it".

The statement said Cayetano, the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers meeting, presented the ASEAN statement to Ri shortly before the East Asia Summit foreign ministers meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center past noon Monday.

North Korea has long accused the United States and South Korea of escalating tensions by conducting military drills.

North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said Seoul's proposals lack sincerity when South Korea is imposing sanctions on the North with the United States, the official added.