China vows to adhere strictly to United Nations sanctions on North Korea

The 15 Security Council members voted unanimously on Saturday to impose the toughest United Nations sanctions yet on North Korea after it tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July.

South Korea and Japan need to communicate more often in the face of missile and nuclear program of Pyongyang, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said.

The centerpiece of the United Nations sanctions is a ban on North Korean exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood products - and a ban on all countries importing those products, estimated to be worth over $1 billion a year in hard currency.

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that the USA military is "locked and loaded" as he warned North Korea against threatening the US, escalating an exchange of threats between the nuclear-armed nations.

China, North Korea's biggest ally and trade partner, backed the sanctions in a bid to spur dialogue.

The North said it would take an unspecified "resolute action of justice" and would never place its nuclear program on the negotiating table or "flinch an inch" from its push to strengthen its nuclear deterrence as long as USA hostility against North Korea persists.

Still, he maintained the pressure on North Korea, pressing Thailand on Tuesday for more action against Pyongyang. "We must be tough and decisive!"

In a phone call, South Korea's Moon and Trump said they would continue cooperating to rein in North Korea, particularly ahead of a regular joint military drill set for late August, South Korean presidential office spokesman Park Su-hyun said. North Korea's Rodong Sinmun news website published a scathing commentary dismissing the sanctions as "cooked up by the US", adding that "the USA mainland is on the crossroads of life and death". The State Department said it needed to ensure Sudan is making enough progress on counterterrorism and humanitarian access and that it wanted to check "that Sudan is committed to the full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea". He said the North could still carry out further missile tests or a sixth atomic bomb test in the coming months under its broader weapons development timetable.

China appreciated comments earlier this month by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the United States does not seek to topple the North Korean government and would like dialogue with Pyongyang at some point, Wang added.

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Kang and Ri will attend the annual ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) to be held later on Monday where the North's nuclear and missile threats will be high on the agenda.

Wang said that apart from the new sanctions, the resolution also made clear that the six-party talks process, a stalled dialogue mechanism with North Korea that also includes Russian Federation and Japan, should be restarted.

He called on Pyongyang "to calmly handle the resolutions" and warned North Korea against doing "anything unbeneficial towards the worldwide community such as a nuclear test".

"We want to make sure China is continuing to implement fully the sanctions regime", she said.

Influential Chinese state-run tabloid the Global Times, published by the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily, said in a Wednesday editorial that sanctions would not stop Pyongyang's determination on its weapons' programs.

The North Korean response was typically robust, threatening to teach the USA "a severe lesson" if it sought to punish the North for its nuclear ambitions.

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

The foreign ministers on Sunday adopted a negotiating framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea and also issued a communique that pressed for non-militarization and expressed concerns about China's island-building.

After touring the site and walking past large stone slabs inscribed with the names of more than 36,000 men and women missing in action in the theatre between 1941 and 1945, Tillerson signed a visitors' book, adding after his signature, "Let us never forget - FREEDOM".

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