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Tillerson doubles down as China takes new hard line on North Korea

12 August 2017

Pyongyang's accusations against the USA came just days after the United Nations Security Council toughened sanctions against North Korea by adopting a new resolution which bans the country from selling coal, iron, iron ore, seafood, lead and lead ore to other countries.

If fully implemented, the new sanctions-which target coal, seafood, and metals exports; prohibit the employment of North Korean guest workers; and expand sanctions on joint economic ventures-could cut North Korea's $3 billion annual export revenue by a third, according to US officials.

Trump wrote on Twitter: "The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea".

North Korea's apparently rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the US mainland has fuelled tensions that erupted into a war of words between Washington and Pyongyang this week, unnerving regional powers and global investors.

The US-drafted proposal passed the Security Council 15-0, securing support from North Korean allies China and Russian Federation.

Alongside the United States, Pyongyang views its neighbors South Korea and Japan as its two other main enemies. Now comes the hard part: making them stick, and fast.

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The possibility of escalation is made even more acute by the lack of any means of official communication across the Demilitarized Zone, though there has been no easing of the barrage of inflammatory comments in the US and the North since new sanctions against North Korea were announced last week.

North Korea is likely to continue pursuing ballistic missile tests at its current pace of about every three to four weeks despite the sanctions, according to John Park, director of the Korea Working Group at Harvard Kennedy School. Can North Korea be persuaded to give up its weapons of mass destruction, removing the threat to the United States and its allies, South Korea and Japan?

And if that wasn't clear enough, last month, the isolated Asian nation tested intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that experts say could reach USA shores, specifically Alaska.

"It's certainly a good step that they've moved ahead to broaden the sanctions", Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Susan Thornton told reporters Sunday, "but the implementation is something that we'll be tracking and taking action on as necessary", including possible unilateral USA sanctions on Chinese banks, firms and individuals.

"We felt that our American counterparts need to keep the dialogue open", Lavrov said.

They're only a tactic for getting Kim Jong Un's totalitarian government to end its missile advances and atomic weapons tests, and there is little evidence to suggest this newest round of economic pressure will be more successful than previous efforts.

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"It was a good outcome", Tillerson told reporters ahead of his meeting with South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha.

Responding to the ICBM provocation with a show of force, the US and South Korean troops on Wednesday conducted "deep strike" precision missile drills using Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and the Republic of Korea's Hyunmoo Missile II.

The resolution also prohibits any new joint business ventures with North Koreans, limits existing ones and blacklists 13 new North Korean individuals and entities, including its primary foreign exchange bank. It has long accused the United States and South Korea of escalating tensions by conducting military drills.

Ri highlighted Pyongyang's fears of invasion by the US, saying that only nuclear-armed countries have been safe from military actions by Washington.

China urged restraint from the US and South Korea as well, calling on all sides to negotiate.

In fact, on his first day in Manila, Tillerson appeared to go out of his way to avoid crossing paths with Ri. Haley was not exaggerating when she called it "the single largest economic sanctions package" ever leveled against the regime, while U.K. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft called the package "unprecedented".

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Tillerson doubles down as China takes new hard line on North Korea