United Nations sanctions as North Korea warned over nuclear ambitions

United Nations sanctions as North Korea warned over nuclear ambitions

United Nations sanctions as North Korea warned over nuclear ambitions

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday that the latest sanctions passed by the United Nations Security Council were "necessary" after North Korea's missile tests in July, but he noted that they were "not the ultimate objective".

The United States has presented the UN Security Council with a draft resolution against North Korea which aims to ban the country's trade of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.

It banned new joint ventures or cooperative entities with North Korea entities or individuals as well as additional investments in existing joint ventures.

"After the implementation of the resolutions, the Korean peninsula issue enters into a critical juncture", Mr Wang told reporters on the sidelines of a regional foreign ministers' meeting in Manila.

NY [U.S.A.], August 6: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has called newly-approved sanctions on North Korea "a gut punch" to that country and has warned of a possible military action, should the regime continue its nuclear programmes.

The U.S. official also said that, when conditions are right, it is possible to have a dialogue on the future of the North Korea issue. In the end, all 15 member-nations of the Security Council voted in favor of the US -authored resolution.

Wang called for a resumption of the stalled six-nation talks - hosted by China and including the United States, Japan, Russia as well as the two Koreas - aimed at curtailing the North's atomic ambitions. The danger posed by North Korea was "a grave threat", he said.

McMaster continued: "So what we have to do is - is everything we can to - to pressure this regime, to pressure Kim Jong Un and those around him such that they conclude it is in their interest to denuclearise".

North Korea announced it had conducted its second successful test of the weapons in July, and that test, they say, proved the us mainland is in striking distance.

In July, Russia and China joined diplomatic forces and urged North Korea, South Korea, and the United States to sign a de-escalation plan created to decrease tensions in the region.

China has always been North Korea's largest trading partner and, possibly its only ally providing it cover in times of global outrage caused by its nuclear and missile tests.

Ahead of yesterday's talks, Tillerson visited the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig City to pay tribute to more than 17,000 U.S. and Filipino servicemen who died fighting as allies during World War 2.

The Security Council was scheduled to vote at 3 pm today on the new raft of sanctions, diplomats confirmed.

Still, Washington said it would continue to monitor China's compliance with the sanctions to prevent backsliding.

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