Japan expands unilateral sanctions in opposition to North Korea

Japan expands unilateral sanctions in opposition to North Korea

Japan expands unilateral sanctions in opposition to North Korea

North Korea has made clear it has little interest in negotiations with the United States until it has developed the ability to hit the U.S. mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile, something most experts say it has yet to prove.

"North Korea must earn its way back to the table", he said.

North Korea knows that communication channels are "open" with the US, Secretary of State for Defence Rex Tillerson said.

The top USA envoy for North Korea said Friday that "real dialogue" is needed to gauge what Pyongyang wants from its accelerated drive towards nuclear weapons statehood. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday told the UN Security Council that the ultimate goal of solving the Korean Peninsula crisis must be the "complete, verifiable and irreversible abandonment of its nuclear weapons programs".

They include organisations involved in financial services, coal and minerals trading, transportation and sending North Korean labourers overseas, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

North Korea's United Nations ambassador Ja Song-Nam made a rare appearance at the council meeting chaired by Japan, which announced new targeted sanctions on Chinese entities, among others.

Nebenzia also criticized unilateral sanctions against the North, which the US has imposed, saying they hamper a political settlement, damage third parties, and hurt the civilian population.

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Cho Hyun warned a ministerial meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that if North Korea can put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile "it will fundamentally alter the security landscape in the region and beyond".

Tillerson's remarks were a retreat from his position earlier this week when he offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without preconditions.

Ja took a swipe at the United States which he said was "terrified by the incredible might of our republic" and reaffirmed Pyongyang's view that nuclear weapons were needed for self-defense.

The Security Council has ratcheted up sanctions on North Korea over its weapons programs since 2006.

- and not subjected to slave-like conditions. He said any lull in missile tests did not mean that North Korea was sitting idly.

Kono said last week's visit to Pyongyang by United Nations political chief Jeffrey Feltman "only reconfirmed the dire reality" that North Korea "is nowhere near ready" to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, "nor is it interested in returning to a meaningful dialogue". Tillerson has driven the global diplomatic effort to stifle the North's economy through a series of United Nations sanctions.

Since late 2016, the Security Council has slapped three rounds of sanctions aimed at choking off revenue to Pyongyang's weapons program, which the United Nations has described as the most unsafe security issue in the world today.

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