Japan, US eye strict execution of tougher North Korea sanctions

Japan, US eye strict execution of tougher North Korea sanctions

Japan, US eye strict execution of tougher North Korea sanctions

It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean laborers working overseas, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures.

It said its intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July proved that the entire United States was in its firing range, and those missiles were a legitimate means of self-defence.

Thai officials voiced hope ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of escaping U.S. pressure over the size of their trade surplus with the United States as their figures point to a jump in imports, but U.S. data shows little change.

The warning came two days after the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions to punish North Korea, including a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion.

A White House statement said US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In spoke on the phone on Sunday and agreed Pyongyang "poses a grave and growing direct threat".

"The leaders committed to fully implement all relevant resolutions and to urge the worldwide community to do so as well", the White House added.

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Tension has been running high since the nuclear-armed North staged two successful ICBM tests last month, sparking global alarm over its rapidly-advancing weapons capability.

But when asked by South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha if North Korea would respond to its proposal for dialogue, Mr Ri reportedly replied: "Given the current situation in which the South collaborates with the United States to heap pressure on the North, such proposals lacked sincerity". Seoul's earlier delay was seen as a move to mitigate economic retaliation from China that reportedly imposed limits on travel and South Korean imports over THAAD. And so one of the items that China has been encouraging the U.S.to bring to the table are these joint-military exercises. THAAD is created to intercept medium range missiles at high altitudes, but not ICBMs.

According to Tillerson's public schedule, he was due to attend the dinner at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathering in Manila. "I think it's quite clear to everyone, this is impossible?" said Wang. "If it believes it is only North Korea rather than the US and South Korea as well to blame for the nuclear issue, this ill-fitting mindset will not help solve the crisis", the Global Times statement continued. However Pyongyang has so far rejected offers of dialogue, cooperation and humanitarian assistance.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho made similar comments during an annual regional security conference in Manila on Monday.

White House officials say Moon discussed a need to show North Korea that the door to dialogue is still open, should Pyongyang give up its nuclear program.

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