U.S. pushes Asian nations on North Korea

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12 August, 2017

Zhang Liangui, an observer of North Korea at the Central Party School, agreed the new measures would not put enough pressure on Pyongyang to make it change course.

After the meeting, Kang said they had a productive meeting.

The vote marked a victory for USA moves to force the North to halt its development of a nuclear-armed missile that could threaten United States cities, and took some pressure off Tillerson before his Manila meetings.

The response shows that tensions are showing no signs of abating after the UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously approved measures to restrict North Korea's exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood. "Very big financial impact!" he tweeted. The United States had to figure out how far China and Russian Federation were willing to go.

Even as the top U.S. diplomat seeks to ratchet up the pressure, he threw an olive branch to North Korea during remarks to the press on Tuesday: "We hope that at some point, they will begin to understand that and that we would like to sit and have a dialogue with them about the future that will give them the security they seek", he said. All of them are now subject to a global asset freeze and travel ban.

"Right now we're still in the stage of elevating pressure on the North Korean regime, elevating their feeling of isolation", Susan Thornton, the acting assistant secretary for East Asia and Pacific affairs, told reporters.

China, North Korea's biggest ally and trade partner, backed the sanctions in a bid to spur dialogue. When Tillerson announced it at the United Nations in April, he asked countries to fully implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea, suspend or downgrade diplomatic relations with the country, and increase it's financial isolation. He would not go into detail, but said the sanctions vote had been a "good outcome". The committee, affiliated with the Workers' Party of North Korea, also accused the USA of forcing other countries to adopt the sanctions through fear, and dismissed the United Nations resolution as a terrorist act against Pyongyang.

"Each U.N. resolution is better than its predecessor and each one is the strongest in history against North Korea", said Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation. Trump wrote in a Twitter message. "I think it needs to ban the practice entirely", Manning said, "because that's close to slave labor and it provides a lot of money".

China is the North's economic lifeline. The U.S. State Department estimates they earn more than $1 billion annually for the Kim regime.

Mr Tillerson on Monday insisted President Kim must first stop the missile tests, but he would not set a timeframe on when this might be possible or how long North Korea might have to refrain from testing more long-range missiles. -South Korean military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal.

Fishman, who is now with the Atlantic Council, said the cooperation of China and Russian Federation in implementing the sanctions will be the test of whether the U.N. Security Council is the correct venue for pressuring Pyongyang.

In another editorial, the mouthpiece of the North also warned of severe consequences to the South and demanded that the Moon Jae-in administration stop supporting US -led sanctions.

"If the United States found the Security Council's sanctions ineffective, it might take unilateral sanction against countries, companies or individuals who trade with North Korea", Zhang said.

Sources familiar with Japan-U.S. relations said earlier that the two governments were arranging to hold the so-called two-plus-two security meeting around August 17 in Washington.

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