China lauds Singapore's 'positive', 'constructive' role as Asean coordinator

Saul Bowman
August 8, 2017

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.

Saturday's United Nations resolution banned exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore as well as fish and seafood by the cash-starved state.

China and Russian Federation expressed concern about the ICBM test, but urged dialogue with North Korea while criticizing Washington's strong rhetoric and deployment of a missile defense system in South Korea. It bans North Korea from trading coal, iron, lead, iron and lead ore, and seafood. This represents one-third of its total exports a year ago, estimated at $3 billion.

"If they have nuclear weapons that can threaten the United States".

Cayetano will try to manage tensions at the ARF and further dialogue on the North Korean standoff, but Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has taken a different line.

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.

"He will continue working with allies and partners to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to end its threatening and destabilising behaviour", the White House said in a statement.

Speaking to reporters after the council vote, Washington's ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said "what's next is completely up to North Korea".

The new resolution restricts North Korea's technology trade and tightens enforcement of sanctions on North Korean vessels by banning violators from entering ports around the world.


Cayetano said the Philippines was wondering how it could respond to the United States by downgrading relations with North Korea.

He tweeted: "United Nations Resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever on North Korea".

Before the briefing, Wang held bilateral talks with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

The revelation came as North Korea issued a verbal attack on America, telling its Washington enemies they were "doomed to ruin".

Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) acting Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said the framework COC is expected to be adopted at the ASEAN China Ministerial Meeting slated here on August 6.

In Kang's later meeting with Wang, however, China expressed doubts about the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system's ability to protect South Korea.

Despite eventually backing the resolution, China and Russian Federation had resisted the U.S. clampdown - arguing dialogue with the North was the best way to persuade Pyongyang to halt its military ambitions.

Though Beijing repeated its call for the United States and North Korea to resume talks, the USA said that was still premature, and rejected yet again a Chinese call for the U.S.to freeze joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for the North halting nuclear development.

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