United Nations bans key North Korea exports over Missile tests

United Nations bans key North Korea exports over Missile tests

United Nations bans key North Korea exports over Missile tests

In a statement carried by the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency, North Korea's government said the sanctions were a "violent infringement of its sovereignty" that was caused by a "heinous USA plot to isolate and stifle" North Korea.

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

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is voicing strong support for the US policy of maximum pressure against North Korea, after Pyongyang rejected his outreach efforts as "insincere".

In a transcript of a statement by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, which was distributed to media in Manila, Pyongyang called the new United Nations sanctions "fabricated" and warned there would be "strong follow-up measures" and acts of justice.

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

But Yonhap reported that Mr Ri retorted: "Given the current situation in which the South collaborates with the United States to heap pressure on the North, such proposals lacked sincerity". "So it is all about how we see their attitude towards approaching a dialogue with us".

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Cayetano's meeting with Ri came a few days after ASEAN foreign ministers issued a statement calling on the DPRK "to comply fully with its obligations under all relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions and worldwide laws and for all concerned parties to exercise self-restraint so as not to further aggravate the situation in the Korean Peninsula".

Trump isn't ruling out a "preventive war" to stop North Korea from being able to threaten the U.S., National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said in an interview with MSNBC done earlier in the week and broadcast Saturday.

The Korean standoff was in focus at a weekend regional security forum in Manila, where both foreign ministers briefly met ahead of a gala dinner, according to a South Korean foreign ministry official. "Very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote on North Korea sanctions".

The ruling Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper detailed in a published piece that: "Sanctions to the greatest possible extent must avoid causing negative impacts to ordinary people and to third countries, and avoid bringing disaster to the country in question's normal and legal trade and business exchanges with the outside world, people's normal lives, and the humanitarian situation".

Tillerson spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a major summit hosted by Southeast Asian countries in the Philippines, where he has been meeting with regional partners to turn the heat up on North Korea after the country tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

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.

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