US, China pressure North Korea after sanctions vote

US, China pressure North Korea after sanctions vote

US, China pressure North Korea after sanctions vote

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea for its continued intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) testing and violations of UN resolutions, the media reported.

The resolution adopted Saturday afternoon would also ban countries from giving any additional permits to North Korean laborers - another source of money for Kim Jong Un's regime.

Though China condemned North Korea's missile tests, it also called on the stop deploying its THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. It bans North Korea from trading coal, iron, lead, iron and lead ore, and seafood.

The United States' top diplomat for Asia says countries in the region should suspend work on improving, expanding or militarizing outposts so that a diplomatic resolution for disputes over the South China Sea can move forward.

But the newly elected South Korean government of President Moon Jae-In is also much more open to negotiations than the previous administration run by Park Geun-Hye.

Although China and Russian Federation have pushed for a resumption of the six-party talks with North Korea, disagreement remains on how to bring Washington and Pyongyang to the table. About a week ago, a pair of supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers joined by Japanese and South Korean military planes flew over the Korean Peninsula, and following the latest North Korean missile launch, the US and South Korea conducted live-fire drills.

Yet despite deeming North Korea a top security threat, the young Trump administration has struggled to find a strategy that differs significantly from what the USA has tried in the past.

Manila is seeking to forge a consensus on how to address the North Korea issue, following calls from Washington to isolate Pyongyang.

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The Australian government has welcomed the unanimous decision by the United Nations Security Council to adopt new measures against North Korea.

United Kingdom ambassador Matthew Rycroft said: "North Korea bears full responsibility for the measures we have enacted today".

It adds nine North Koreans, mainly officials or representatives of companies and banks, to the United Nations sanctions blacklist, banning their travel and freezing their assets.

A draft ARF chairman's statement, seen by Reuters, said the foreign ministers would express "grave concerns" about the Korean peninsula.

The Trump administration cautiously embraced China's apparent newfound cooperation, while putting it on notice that the US would be watching closely to ensure it didn't ease up on Pyongyang if and when the world's attention is diverted elsewhere.

US President Donald Trump also praised Russian Federation and North Korea's ally China for voting in favour of the sanctions. But dialogue should not be a priority, according to a Japan foreign ministry spokesman, who applauded the tougher sanctions and said it was now time for Japan and its allies to apply more pressure on North Korea.

President Donald Trump on Saturday touted new sanctions the U.N. Security Council approved for North Korea, saying they will have a "very big financial impact". "North Korea should forgo the path of provocation, forgo the path of further escalation".

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