China urges North Korea to stop missile tests

Phillip Cunningham
August 8, 2017

Resolution 2371 (2017), adopted unanimously by the Security Council on Saturday, strengthens United Nations sanctions on the Pyongyang in response to its two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests conducted on July 3 and July 28, respectively. Beijing views the USA missile shield as a threat to its own security.

The national airline, Air Koryo, now only flies to cities in China and Russian Federation after other Asian nations and Kuwait dropped flights a year ago. "In order to change North Korea's behavior, we have no choice but to continue to increase pressure", he said. The diplomat, who briefed reporters on the content of the draft, said he had "high confidence" that China and Russian Federation would support the proposed sanctions. She says it was a "very, very good outcome".

For the US, it was a long-awaited sign of progress for Trump's strategy of trying to enlist Beijing's help to squeeze Pyongyang diplomatically and economically.

All the countries involved in the so-called six-party talks aimed at taming the North's nuclear ambitions belong to the ASEAN Regional Forum, but Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Robespierre Bolivar said at a news conference Saturday that there was no plan for those nations to meet on the sidelines of the Manila meetings.

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 freeze joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for the North halting nuclear development. It is based on the Chinese idea of a "double freezing" of both the missile and nuclear testing by the DPRK and the large-scale joint military exercises by the United States and the South Korea, plus "parallel advance" towards a full denuclearization of the Peninsula.

Tillerson warned on Tuesday that renewed efforts are needed to avoid "open conflict", but within the administration, that dire warning is being met by possible new trade actions, specifically an investigation into Chinese theft of USA intellectual property.

On Saturday, the UNSC unanimously adopted the resolution tightening the sanctions imposed on North Korea.

"Sanction is necessary, but sanction is not the ultimate objective", Wang told reporters.

The Latest on developments on efforts to ratchet up pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program. Indeed, the US was floating a proposal to temporarily kick North Korea out of the 27-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum, although other member nations are divided about that idea. It was a question driving the hallway chatter at the gathering, but the US summarily shot down the prospect.

The sanctions move played out as foreign ministers from across Asia gathered Sunday for a regional summit in the Philippines, where concerns about North Korea were dominating the agenda.

Tillerson also met Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and was to see Wang later on Sunday, seeking to intensify Kim Jong-Un's diplomatic isolation and reduce the risk of renewed conflict.

The statement was issued separately, rather than included in ASEAN's customary communique at the end of the foreign ministers meeting. Speaking in Chinese, Wang said that Ri "also has the right to share his opinions".

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho will attend Monday's meeting.

He said as the regime's missile capabilities advanced "so too does their contempt and disregard for this Security Council".

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