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Sun Xingjie, a North Korea specialist at Jilin University, said the latest sanctions would have a long-term impact on the North's economy, but that he doubted they could force Pyongyang to give up its nuclear programme.

Earlier in the day, Wang had said China played a "responsible and constructive" role in the decision to pass Resolution 2371, describing it at as "a necessary response" to North Korea's violation of the council's previous resolutions and its missile tests. He said he told Ri "do not violate the United Nations decision or provoke the global community's goodwill by conducting missile launches or nuclear tests".

In a separate statement released on Tuesday by KCNA, the Kim Jong-un regime also blamed Seoul for conducting live fire exercises near the western border with North Korea, and threatened the South that it "can turn western front-line islands and even Seoul into a sea of flame".

North Korea condemned the latest round of United Nations sanctions and reiterated that it wouldn't negotiate over its nuclear program until the US ceases "hostile" policies.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says he urged his North Korean counterpart to abide by United Nations resolutions and stop provoking "the global community's goodwill" with missile launches and nuclear tests.

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In an interview with MSNBC from last week broadcast on Saturday, US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump was not ruling out a "preventive war" to stop North Korea from being able to threaten the US.

Commenting on the US call to downgrade diplomatic ties or isolate Pyongyang for its missile tests, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said it is studying how to downgrade because it does not have much engagement with them.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has skipped a dinner in the Philippines for foreign ministers that North Korea's top diplomat attended.

Wang's statement repeated Beijing's proposal for a "double suspension", or a halt to North Korean nuclear development and to joint U.S.

On the positive side, Saturday's agreement completely bans trade in North Korean coal instead of capping it as U.N. Resolution 2321 did in November.

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The FTSE 100 fell by more than 100 points as global investors continued to act on North Korea-related jitters. The 30-year bond was last up 4/32 in price to yield 2.7871 per cent, from 2.794 per cent late on Thursday.

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

"Today at the Philippine International Convention Center we met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to exchange views on regional issues and bilateral relations", Bang said.

"The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea".

ANTHONY RUGGIERO, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies: For the most part, they target North Korea's export revenue.

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. All are North Koreans, four in Russian Federation and five in China, who are either officials or representatives of companies and banks, said Ruggiero. Last month, Trump asserted that North Korea "is behaving in a very risky manner, and something will have to be done about it.and probably dealt with rapidly". Tillerson says he and the South Korean diplomat plan to discuss the sanctions during their meeting, along with next steps to pressure the North. She says it was a "very, very good outcome".

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The meeting comes as the USA and Asian nations join together to try to step up Pyongyang's economic and diplomatic isolation.

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