China says it's OK with 'paying the price' for North Korea sanctions

China says it's OK with 'paying the price' for North Korea sanctions

Trump's warning comes as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits countries in Asia, where he attended a regional meeting in Manila at the weekend and urged Southeast Asia to cut back on ties with North Korea.

"North Korea should realise if it doesn't stop its nuclear, missile provocations, it will face even stronger pressure and sanctions", Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun told a regular news briefing. "The best signal that North Korea could give us that they're prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches", he told reporters.

But Tillerson appeared more conciliatory on Monday.

"North Korea's irresponsible and careless acts have just proved to be quite costly to the regime", Haley said after the successful vote.

Tillerson says, "We'll know it when we see it". He's not specifying what those are.

On Saturday, the UNSC adopted a fresh sanctions resolution unanimously to punish the North for its two claimed intercontinental ballistic missile launches in July. And the White House says they committed to fully implement all relevant resolutions and to urge the global community to do so as well.

Tillerson and the North Korean foreign minister are expected to share a room for talks Tuesday.

"We've not had an extended period of time where they have not taken some type of provocative action by launching ballistic missiles", he said. The North Korean was spotted at the gala smiling and toasting with the other foreign ministers.

The country's United Nations mission also issued a lengthy statement denouncing the sanctions, which were meant to dissuade North Korea from pressing ahead with its missile and nuclear weapons programs. What's the loss of trade with North Korea compared to the economic bounty available in the west?

But Washington says it will be watching closely to ensure that China doesn't ease up on the North - if and when the world's attention is diverted elsewhere.

USA has been conducting back-channel talks with North Korea for months
President Trump , in some ways, has been more flexible in his approach to North Korea than President Barack Obama. Or specifically, North Korea's statement that it only held a grudge against the US , and not to any other country.

The statement laid the blame for the latest round of sanctions squarely at the door of the United States, despite the fact that the UN resolution was jointly drafted with China - the North's closest trading partner and reluctant ally.

Susan Thornton is the top US diplomat for Asia.

Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia said sanctions are not an end in themselves but a means to engage Pyongyang in constructive talks.

China's "People's Daily" newspaper, the official mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, warned that the sanctions could only be effective if they were targeted.

On August 5, Asean foreign ministers also issued a joint statement, expressing "grave concerns" over North Korea's missile launches and nuclear tests.

Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary of state for the region, said the USA would closely monitor Beijing for compliance with the sanctions.

"Do not violate the U.N.'s decision or provoke worldwide society's goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests", Wang said after talks with Ri Yong Ho, North Korea's foreign minister.

Earlier, China's foreign minister said new UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea were the right response to a series of missile tests, but dialogue was vital to resolve the issue, now at a "critical juncture".

"Since previous year, when it forcibly implemented two nuclear tests and more than 20 ballistic missile launches, the security threats have entered a new stage", the Japanese Defence Ministry said in the 563-page document released on Tuesday.

China has repeatedly said it was committed to enforcing increasingly tough United Nations resolutions on North Korea, though it had also said what it terms "normal" trade and ordinary North Koreans should not be affected. "There is a military option to destroy North Korea's program and North Korea itself", Graham said on NBC.

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