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US' Tillerson arrives in Philippines for ASEAN Forum

UN Security Council approves new sanctions against North Korea

Editor's Remarks: The major global players may be getting onto the same page in facing up to the North Korea missile threat but Pyongyang has said it will never give up its nuclear programme.

North Korean state TV's famous news anchor defiantly announced that the country would never put its weapons on the negotiating table, despite what the North has labelled "fabricated" United Nations sanctions.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was also attending the forum, sought the aid of China's Minister Wang and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

However, both Russian Federation and China has urged all parties involved to resume the six-party talks to resolve the crisis after the tensions escalated with North Korea test-launching two suspected ICBMs in July.

President Donald Trump tweeted praise for the unanimous vote by the 15-member Security Council on Saturday: "China and Russian Federation voted with us". The new sanctions, banning major North Korean exports such as coal and iron, are created to starve the regime of the money to pay for it -money that is also used to enrich the powerful elites and generals who, in turn, don't challenge Kim Jong Un's near total power.

Mr Trump later took to social media to hail the vote, thanking Russian Federation and China in a Twitter post for backing the sanctions that either could have halted with their UN veto, adding that he was "very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote on North Korea sanctions".

Over the last few years, North Korea has tested several ballistic missiles with varying degrees of success.

The White House said the two leaders "affirmed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat" to most countries around the world.

The KCNA report came as diplomats in Asia stepped up efforts to get North Korea to resume dialogue during a regional security meeting in the Philippines.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said last week that Trump is ready to strike North Korea. "We must be tough & decisive!" he wrote.

"Owing to China's traditional economic ties with North Korea, it will mainly be China paying the price for implementing the resolution", a Foreign Ministry statement cited Mr Wang as saying. "I don't think that the US has a clear policy on North Korea".

China "hopes North Korea can echo this signal from the United States", Wang added.

China will pay the biggest price from the new United Nations sanctions against North Korea because of its close economic relationship with the country, but will always enforce the resolutions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. At the same time, he revealed Pyongyang's fear of a USA invasion, saying North Korea is developing nuclear arsenals because historically only nuclear-armed countries have been safe from American military invasion. It has long accused the United States and South Korea of escalating tensions by conducting military drills.

"The key will be whether countries like China and Russian Federation actually enforce this United Nations resolution". Along with stopping the missile launches, North Korea would have to quit its nuclear weapons testing, he said recently.

In this image made from video released by KRT on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, North Korea launches four missiles in an undisclosed location North Korea. -South Korean military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal. The new sanctions won't end that - or address the Chinese companies and banks that continue to do business with North Korea.

WOMAN (through interpreter): The U.S.' villainous illegal actions against our country and people will be reciprocated by thousands-fold.

However, despite the raising of the stakes last month with two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests by the regime, the Southeast Asian states do not generally share Washington's super prioritisation of this issue.

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