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Sanctions vs North Korea have never worked

13 August 2017

Tillerson's comments at a regional security forum in Manila were the latest United States attempt to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs after months of tough talk from U.S. President Donald Trump.

"Do not violate the U.N.'s decision or provoke global society's goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests", Wang said he told North Korea's Ri.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has held a door open for dialogue with North Korea, saying Washington is willing to talk to Pyongyang if it halts its missile test launches.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said on Monday that the North is a "responsible nuclear power" and refused to sit down for talks unless the U.S. Wang Yi said that sanctions were "necessary, but not the end goal" and are aimed at bringing North Korea to the negotiating table.

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday imposed its toughest round of sanctions yet against Pyongyang over its two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July.

It also comes after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested the USA would be open to talks with Kim provided he halted his missile program.

Thornton says the USA isn't now considering China's proposal to freeze US military exercises with South Korea in exchange for the North halting nuclear development.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha expressed hope that she could meet Mr Ri.

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The US secretary of state said this week that such talks would have to be predicated on the North giving up its nuclear weapons aspirations and that the conditions for such talks have not yet been met by North Korea's government.

South Korea's former foreign minister, Yun Byung-se, also talked briefly with Ri at the same forum a year ago. Yang of the University of North Korean Studies said the Trump administration is lacking in the strategy department.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi says the situation has reached "crisis point" as Pyongyang reacts aggressively to the United Nations export ban.

China, North Korea's main ally and economic benefactor, said Sunday that the situation on the Korean Peninsula had reached a "critical point of crisis", but added that it was a "turning point for negotiations".

Instead, the sanctions cover North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.

Mr Trump did not comment on China's admonishment - but took to Twitter to tell of his delight at the sanctions vote.

Indeed, it's fair to wonder if China isn't the biggest victor in the United Nations sanctions decision. Aside from calling for more sanctions, Trump's approach has centered on enlisting China - the North's biggest trading partner - and others to lessen ties to Pyongyang.

"The United Nations Security Council Resolution 2371 was created under forceful USA demand, and violates the right of self-determination, right to existence".

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The sanctions provided in Resolution 2371 aim to slash North Korea's annual export revenue of US$3 billion by a third.

Rex Tillerson, the U.S. secretary of state, raised the prospect of Washington holding dialogue with North Korean officials in comments he made at the forum.

While in Manila, Tillerson met with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and offered USA assistance to help defeat ISIS affiliated rebels fighting in the southern Philippines state of Mindanao.

On Sunday, he declared the latest United Nations sanctions a "good outcome".

After weeks of US frustration over China's reluctance to take action, Trump's strategy of relying on Beijing's help showed early signs of paying off.

"We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula", Tillerson said.

The United States has unsuccessfully lobbied for the 27 members of the ASEAN Regional Forum to suspend North Korea's membership.

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Sanctions vs North Korea have never worked