Philippine President Wants North Korea to Become ASEAN Dialogue Partner

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Speaking at the ASEAN summit in Manila, North Korea's foreign minister spoke of "intercontinental attack capabilities" that meant his nation could teach the USA a "severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seems to have dropped a condition for direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

He said Washington would not "specify a specific number of days or weeks" before deciding that North Korea had indeed halted its tests.

"We'll know it when we see it".

As President Donald Trump demanded full and speedy implementation of the new penalties, his top diplomat laid out a narrow path for the North to return to negotiations that could ultimately see sanctions lifted. He's not specifying what those are. It has long accused the United States and South Korea of escalating tensions by conducting military drills.

In this context, Tillerson used the weekend gathering of the ASEAN regional forum, Asia's biggest security group that also includes "outside" nations such as the United States, North Korea and Japan, to try to isolate Pyongyang by "drastically" reducing their dealings with it. "So I think their - again, their support for the Security Council resolution itself I think also sends a message". And the White House says they committed to fully implement all relevant resolutions and to urge the worldwide community to do so as well.

"It is time for North Korea to realise, we are not playing anymore", said Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, on Fox News programme Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.

North Korea has recently shrugged off peaceful overtures from both the USA and South Korea, instead doubling down on its missile testing schedule.

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North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho alights from a vehicle as he arrives at his hotel on the sidelines of the 50th Asean Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings in Manila on Monday.

"Thank you", the President told the North Korean foreign minister while shaking the visitor's hand at the arrival ceremony.

Washington has warned it is ready to use force if needed to stop North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs but that it prefers global diplomatic action.

China is the North's economic lifeline.

The Trump administration has also been preparing to launch a high-profile investigation of China for intellectual property violations.

"Owing to China's traditional economic ties with North Korea, it will mainly be China paying the price for implementing the resolution", the statement cited Wang as saying.

Susan Thornton is the top USA diplomat for Asia. It also limits the number of North Koreans permitted to work overseas, and bars countries from entering into new joint ventures with North Korea or investing in current ones. "We haven't really discussed that among ourselves", said Philippine acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo of the USA call to minimize relations with Pyongyang.

The assessment's broad conclusions were verified by two U.S. officials familiar with the document, said the Post, adding that the development signals that North Korea has crossed "a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power". She says the USA rejects any "moral equivalency" implied by that proposal.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Manila that Beijing wanted North and South Korea to fix their relationship and praised what he described as Mr Moon's "positive" overtures.

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Wang also urged the USA and South Korea "to stop increasing tensions" and said that all sides should return to negotiations. North Korea must halt its missile tests, but the top U.S. diplomat left out any stipulation on nuclear testing.

On Thursday, Trump reiterated complaints about the US trade imbalance with China and said he would feel "differently" about the trade issue if China helped more on North Korea.

The centerpiece of the United Nations sanctions is a ban on North Korean exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood products.

President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying the US military was "locked and loaded" as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war and world powers expressed alarm.

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.

As a matter of urgency, Ruggiero argued, the USA should punish Chinese banks and companies helping North Korea evade sanctions. She says it was a "very, very good outcome". They hold the USA partly responsible, saying Trump's heated rhetoric is fueling the flames.

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