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Cayetano: ASEAN won't oust N. Korea from ASEAN Regional Forum

12 August 2017

"On paper, this is a pretty strict containment of North Korea economically", said Scott Snyder, an expert on Korea at the Council on Foreign Relations.

"There is no bigger mistake than the United States believing that its land is safe across the ocean", the news agency said, calling the sanctions a "violent infringement of its sovereignty" that was caused by a "heinous USA plot to isolate and stifle" the country. During their chat, Ri rebuffed the South's recent proposal to resume negotiations, calling the offer "insincere". He says stopping the launches would be the "first and strongest signal".

Washington's critical actions came as it courts the help of China, North Korea's most important economic partner, in taming Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions and ending its missile tests.

In an objective, fair and responsible manner, China has made great efforts in dealing with the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, Wang said.

North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. He's not specifying what those are.

Tillerson and Trump spoke by phone for about an hour Monday, and Tillerson detailed the results of his discussions in Manila, the White House said.

North Korea condemned the latest round of United Nations sanctions and reiterated that it wouldn't negotiate its nuclear deterrence until the U.S. ceases "hostile" policies.

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The two leaders also welcomed the U.N. Security Council resolution that unanimously passed 15-0.

"But in order to protect the worldwide non-proliferation system and regional peace and stability, China will, as before, fully and strictly implement the entire contents of the relevant resolution".

The president, a wealthy businessman and former reality television personality, sent his tweet after North Korean state news agency, KCNA, said in a statement that "Trump is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war". As it stands, it does not look like North Korea will budge on US and United Nations demands.

North Korea slammed the new United Nations sanctions as "fabricated" and warned there would be "strong follow-up measures".

Southeast Asian countries participating in the forum had earlier issued a statement, expressing concern about North Korea's test of what is believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile. "It goes without saying that it would probably start another Korean war, or instability in northeast Asia, not to mention the possible collapse of the North and a flood of refugees in China". Although Russia voted for the sanctions, its United Nations ambassador, Vasily Nebenzya, told the Security Council that sanctions "cannot be a goal in itself" and "shall not be used for economic strangling" of North Korea, according to the Russian state news agency Tass. The sanctions are expected to cause harm to the North Korean economy.

China's territorial disputes in the strategic and potentially oil- and gas-rich waterway with five other governments intensified after it built islands in disputed waters and reportedly started to install a missile defense system on them, alarming rival claimant states, the USA and other Western governments.

Ri thanked Cayetano and said he understood ASEAN's position. She says the USA rejects any "moral equivalency" implied by that proposal.

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Speaking at a regional security forum in Manila on Monday, Wang said the new resolution showed China and the global community's opposition to North Korea's continued missile tests, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Defense experts say the ICBM could reach as far as the U.S. states of Alaska and Hawaii, but questions remain over whether North Korea can field an ICBM capable of carrying a nuclear warhead on its cone that could survive reentry into earth's atmosphere. Ri also said Pyongyang will "under no circumstances" negotiate anything to do with its nuclear or ballistic missile programs.

"The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA (Korean People's Army) will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan", the North Korean report said.

In its first major response on Monday, North Korea insisted that it would continue to develop its controversial nuclear weapons programme.

After weeks of USA frustration over China's reluctance to take action, Trump's strategy of relying on Beijing's help showed early signs of paying off.

Ri appeared to be also referring to a new UNSC resolution adopted a day earlier, created to slash the isolated country's annual export earnings by about a third, or $1 billion, with a trade ban on coal, fisheries, labor and other goods and services.

Ri is scheduled to attend the ASEAN Regional Security Forum, or ARF. "They look at the Iran deal and they see that just one president later, they [U.S.] is looking at renegotiating and new rounds of sanctions..." She says it was a "very, very good outcome".

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Alongside the United States, Pyongyang views its neighbors South Korea and Japan as its two other main enemies.

Cayetano: ASEAN won't oust N. Korea from ASEAN Regional Forum