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China willing to pay the price for new North Korea sanctions

China willing to pay the price for new North Korea sanctions

Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato' Sri Anifah HJ Aman, during the same meeting, said the United States is a vital partner of the ASEAN "with solid relations encompassing wide areas of cooperation".

Trump has repeatedly criticized China in recent months, arguing it has not done enough to punish North Korea for its ballistic missile tests. China alone is responsible for 90 percent of North Korea's trade, and Russian Federation like China employs North Koreans as contract workers, whose salaries mostly go directly to their government.

China appreciated comments earlier this month by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the United States does not seek to topple the North Korean government and would like dialogue with Pyongyang at some point, Wang added.

The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday aimed at pressuring Pyongyang to end its nuclear programme.

Tillerson is offering his most specific outline to date of what preconditions the US has for talks with Pyongyang.

"The basic political dynamics remain: China does not want North Korea to crumble, and China craves geopolitical stability above everything else", he said. The picture above from 2013 shows leader Kim Jong Un ordering strategic rocket forces to be on standby to strike US and South Korean targets at any time. Beforehand, he had called at the Security Council for countries to cut diplomatic and financial ties with Pyongyang.

The ministerial meeting, however, had "very limited time for more in-depth" discussion of the issues raised, but the Philippines, as this year's chair of ASEAN, wants to see a "legally binding code of conduct" in the disputed sea region. The source claimed that China was the party expected to address the issue, which also ran to the heart of the new United Nations sanctions.

Ahead of the meetings, outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte branded Kim Jong Un as "crazy" for "playing with risky toys" that endangered the entire region.

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Reuters cited a "senior official familiar with negotiations between the United States and China" as saying that Tillerson's choice of words "was not an accident or a mistake".

Tillerson says the US has "other means of communication" open to North Korea if the country wants to express to the USA a desire to talk.

The Trump administration has threatened to take military action if North Korea does not abandon its missile tests' however, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson raised the prospect of talks August 7 if Pyongyang halts future tests.

While the North now boasts missiles it says can reach major USA cities, it is not believed to have mastered the ability to cap them with nuclear warheads, but that step may not be far off.

Should those talks occur, they would be the first military-to-military dialogue in three years.

Wang also urged the USA and South Korea "to stop increasing tensions" and said that all sides should return to negotiations.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in the Philippine capital that "China will for sure implement that new resolution 100 percent, fully and strictly". In return for a missile moratorium, Beijing and Moscow say the USA should undertake to end "large-scale" military exercises with South Korea. South Korea is hoping these will ease tensions along the border.


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