Korea: No plans to meet S. Korea's foreign minister at ARF

08 August, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Irene Delgado
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The US-drafted resolution prohibits North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore, and seafood, also banning increasing the current numbers of North Korean laborers working overseas, new joint ventures with Pyongyang, and new investment in joint ventures.

A global pressure campaign on North Korea propelled by sharp new United Nations sanctions received a welcome boost Sunday from China, the North's economic lifeline, as Beijing called on its neighbor to halt its missile and nuclear tests.

During the talks, that lasted almost an hour, China is said to have raised its strong opposition to the deployment with Minister Wang questioning whether Seoul believes the THAAD system could defend against North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missiles.

"It's going to hit hard but it's going to make a strong point to North Korea that all this ICBM and this nuclear irresponsibility has to stop", CNN quoted Haley as saying.

The 15-member UNSC yesterday strongly condemned North Korea's ballistic missile launches on July 3 and 28 which the country has stated were of "intercontinental" range. This represents one-third of last year's exports. The potential meetings come as the North faces intense global pressure to curtail its nuclear weapons programme. It has also frozen the assets of two companies and two banks of the country.

Both diplomats spoke to the AP condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issues publicly.

Meanwhile China has called for a halt to the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) an anti-missile defense system in South Korea.

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But in a characteristically fiery editorial, before the latest sanctions were approved, the North's ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun warned against United States aggression. It notes United Nations findings that well over half the population lacks sufficient food and medical care, while a quarter suffers from chronic malnutrition.

The comments reflect a shift in rhetoric since Duterte famously announced past year that he wanted to "cut the cord" with Washington on a trip to Beijing.

In addition, the sanctions place nine individuals and four entities on the United Nations blacklist, including a global asset freeze and travel ban on North Korea's primary foreign exchange bank.

Neither oil nor new air restrictions are included in the resolution.

South Korea's new foreign minister said on Saturday she was open to rare discussions with her North Korean counterpart on the sidelines of a security summit in the Philippines.

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. It also bars new joint ventures with North Korea.

A draft of the framework leaked to media indicated a reference to "promote mutual trust, cooperation and confidence, prevent incidents, manage incidents should they occur and create a favourable environment for the peaceful resolution of disputes".

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