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Rex Tillerson expected to press Asian Countries on North Korean threat

He says stopping the launches would be the "first and strongest signal".

The measures aim to make it harder for North Korea to make money across the globe. "Not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen".

From Beijing's point of view, encirclement by USA military power is a bigger security threat than North Korea's nukes, and Chinese leaders are unlikely to put enough pressure on North Korea to risk the collapse of a valuable buffer state. He's not specifying what those are.

Another person who extended an olive branch of sorts was South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, who suggested that North Korea accept Seoul's request for talks in a three-minute greeting with Ri.

North Korea, though not a member of the ASEAN, is part of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) - an annual meeting of ASEAN and other countries including U.S., Russian Federation and Japan.

Southeast Asian leaders also called upon the two countries to maintain "peace, security, and stability" by pushing for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. "But in order to protect the worldwide non-proliferation system and regional peace and stability, China will, as before, fully and strictly properly implement the entire contents of the relevant resolution".

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, called the sanctions the most stringent on any country "in a generation".

'What really matters is that the foreign minister of North Korea is here so he has the chance to listen to the views of various parties regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula'.

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

Representing the United States at the dinner was Susan Thornton - acting assistant secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs.

The U.S. drafted the sanctions resolution and negotiated it with China following North Korea's unprecedented test of an ICBM in July and a follow-up test weeks later.

China is the North's economic lifeline. It is one of the rare regional platforms where the North sends its top representative.

But Washington says it will be watching closely to ensure that China doesn't ease up on the North - if and when the world's attention is diverted elsewhere.

As former State Department sanctions coordinator Richard Nephew writes Monday for the North Korea analysis site 38 North, the pressure from the new sanctions is pointless unless the overall strategy includes negotiations. Chinese President Xi Jinping has often referred to their "blood ties", forged when the two sides fought against the U.S.in the Korean War.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, told the UN Security Council on Saturday that the USA would continue its annual joint military exercises with South Korea, and "take prudent defensive measures to protect ourselves and our allies".

He also said, however, that it could be a turning point for negotiations over North Korea's nuclear proliferation, which led the U.N. Security Council to impose more sanctions on North Korea and its exports on Saturday.

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The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday over its continued missile tests that could slash the reclusive country's $3-billion U.S. annual export revenue by a third.

Would the Trump administration settle for something closer to China's preferred course, a freeze on further nuclear or missile testing by North Korea as well as a freeze on further military escalation in the region by the USA and South Korea as an entree to direct negotiations?

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.

Wang Yi said the United Nations resolution's call for a return to talks emphasized that diplomatic and peaceful means were necessary to avoid tensions and to prevent the crisis from escalating.

Trump had been urging Chinese leadership to take a more active role in pressuring North Korea over its nuclear program.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said last week that Trump is ready to strike North Korea.

The statement comes just two days after the sanctions were announced.

Pyongyang also clarified that the nuclear program was prepared against a possible threat from the USA, but it is ready to go on the offensive against countries that join the U.S.

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