Trump praises new United Nations sanctions on North Korea

Trump praises new United Nations sanctions on North Korea

Trump praises new United Nations sanctions on North Korea

Kono also pledged Japan will make efforts to combat "growing protectionism", taking a clear stand against trade-restraining moves at a time when U.S. President Donald Trump has touted increasingly reductive trade policy.

South Korea's foreign minister joined her counterparts from the USA and Japan for a meeting in the Philippines in which Tillerson touted efforts to persuade nations to stop using North Korean labor.

"The foreign ministers of the three countries shared the view that the North's two ballistic missile launches last month demonstrated significant progress in terms of its nuclear and missile capabilities", the ministry said in a press release.

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 UNSC has repeatedly adopted resolutions condemning North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson gestures before the 10th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting, part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum in Manila, Philippines, n Sunday Aug. 6, 2017.

North Korea rarely attends, or is even invited to, global forums like the ASEAN meeting.

The administration says the resolution could cost the regime $1 billion a year, although sanctions experts say that depends largely on how well they are implemented - especially by China, whose track record on enforcing punitive measures on North Korea is poor.

Pyongyang props up its nuclear program with income from the sale of various illegal goods, including weaponry, synthetic drugs, counterfeit currency and nuclear technology.

As Washington and Beijing turn up the heat on Kim Jong-un's regime, reflected by Saturday's new penalties, fewer nations may now be willing to risk the worldwide community's wrath by engaging with Kim.

Tillerson reportedly said that through dialogue, North Korea would ultimately "feel secure and prosper economically".

The United States will have direct talks with North Korea if the rogue nation agrees to stopping their ICBM tests.

North Korea reacted angrily, vowing to bolster its arsenal and mount revenge against the United States. But he says it won't be a matter of a mere 30-day pause leading to the USA being willing to talk.

Seoul had recently tested the missile shield successfully amid tests carried out by North Korea.

Thornton says the USA wants to ensure that with the new sanctions, there's "not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen".

Defense experts say the ICBM could reach as far as the USA 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.

The new economic sanctions were approved amid the discussions in Manila. North Korea must halt its missile tests, but the top United States diplomat left out any stipulation on nuclear testing.

Kang is echoing Tillerson's praise for the sanctions approved Saturday by the U.N. Security Council.

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