Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Cambodia says Southeast Asian nations unhappy over North Korea's missile tests

Cambodia says Southeast Asian nations unhappy over North Korea's missile tests

Aside from military force, scenarios range from a new round of peace talks at the dovish end of the spectrum, to more hawkish actions like interdicting ships suspected of selling North Korea weapons overseas, one of the regime's key sources of income.

Mr Tillerson's remarks might be an attempt to try another tack by the United States, which has also tried to get Pyongyang's ally China to use its influence to prevent North Korean leader Kim Jong-un from building a nuclear arsenal.

"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". He pointed out the continued existence of "informal, unreported smuggling" across China's border with North Korea, and added, "so the actual reduction in exports is going to be, it seems to me, far less than $1 billion, and that will not hurt the regime in any severe way at all".

The latest United Nations resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. It also prohibits countries from increasing the numbers of North Korean labourers now working overseas, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures.

Over the last few years, North Korea has tested several ballistic missiles with varying degrees of success. "We must be tough & decisive!" he wrote.

North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States and has ignored worldwide calls to halt its nuclear and missile programmes. "North Korea would use the talk as a bargaining chip with the USA, as their goal is to have dialogue with Washington, not Seoul".

Speaking at the same forum, Mr Wang said the new resolution showed China and the global community's opposition to North Korea's continued missile tests.

Moreover, while the agenda of ASEAN nations who met Sunday in Manila with Tillerson is broad - from regional counter-terrorism, through to maritime security and Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea - the US Secretary of State was keen to put the Korean stand-off at the centre of his trip.

"The key will be whether countries like China and Russian Federation actually enforce this United Nations resolution".

Wang said Tillerson's "Four Nos" promise was a positive signal.

But a senior official familiar with negotiations between the United States and China said "it was not an accident or a mistake that Tillerson did not mention nuclear testing".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has held a door open for dialogue with North Korea, saying Washington is willing to talk to Pyongyang if it halts its missile test launches.

Still, he maintained the pressure on North Korea, pressing Thailand on Tuesday for more action against Pyongyang.

South Korea and Japan need to communicate more often in the face of missile and nuclear program of Pyongyang, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said.

North Korea says its ICBMs are a legitimate means of defence.

Fishman, who is now with the Atlantic Council, said the cooperation of China and Russian Federation in implementing the sanctions will be the test of whether the U.N. Security Council is the correct venue for pressuring Pyongyang. -South Korean military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal. North Korea will continue to test additional ballistic missiles and potentially even a thermonuclear weapon soon. The resolution includes a complete ban on the North's exports of coal, a major source of money needed to advance its weapons program.

Anthony Ruggiero, who worked on sanctions at the Treasury Department and is now with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told VOA Korean that much depends on how effectively China enforces the sanctions, particularly those aimed at "reining in the activities of Chinese companies who have collaborated with North Korea and North Korean brokers in China".

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