Japan's Kono briefly chats with N. Korea foreign minister Sunday

Issues before ASEAN ministers meeting in Manila

Issues before ASEAN ministers meeting in Manila

Just last week, the President said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may look chubby and kind but he is actually a "maniac" for playing with risky nuclear weapons.

The ministers urged North Korea to "to fully and immediately comply with its obligations arising from all the relevant U.N. Security Council Resolutions".

The President has stressed that we firmly stand behind that Arbitral Court ruling against China's claims in the South China Sea, but this is not the time to challenge China.

Pyongyang also clarified that the nuclear program was prepared against a possible threat from the US, but it is ready to go on the offensive against countries that join the U.S. But we have told all countries around the world: We are a sovereign nation.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says if the North stops testing missiles for an "extended period", the USA might deem North Korea ready to talk. While its members acknowledge the concern, they also say it guarantees solidarity in decisions and statements they come up with.

They cited the most recent testing by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) on July 4 and 28 and previous ballistic missile launches and two nuclear tests in 2016.

Defense Secretary, Schwarzenegger say United States ready to respond
Speaking to journalists at his New Jersey golf club, the President said that he didn't think his comments had been "tough enough". He believes the best way to handle the current situation is diplomacy. "The prime minister says he discussed the threat with U.S.

"We expect nations not to tell us what to do", Cayetano said in a press conference on Tuesday, August 8. "So it is all about how we see their attitude towards approaching a dialogue with us". North Korea's Rodong Sinmun news website published a commentary dismissing the sanctions as "cooked up by the USA", adding that "the US mainland is on the crossroads of life and death".

Bang was in the Philippines with a North Korean delegation that includes North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

A more direct warning was aimed at the United States in a government statement published by the state-run KCNA news agency.

It said it would take a "stern action of justice".

Later Monday, Kono, who is said to have connections with US officials and lawmakers, held a news conference for foreign reporters at the worldwide media center, also a rare move for Japan's top diplomat.

North Korea rarely attends, or is even invited to, global forums like the ASEAN meeting.

Leaders of US, France Discuss N. Korean Issue
North Korea dominated the conversation between the two leaders, according to a readout of the call. Trump has called on China to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear program.

The restrictions outlined under a bilateral arms pact between Washington and Seoul caps South Korean ballistic missiles to carry a nuclear payload no larger than 1,100 pounds and limits the weapon's range to just under 500 miles. Washington has rejected that, as a moral inequivalency.

China on Sunday scored a diplomatic coup when foreign ministers from the 10-member ASEAN bloc released a diluted joint statement on the dispute that failed to mention China on the issue and agreed to its terms on how to negotiate a resolution.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the most substantial progress made was that, with the joint efforts of China and Asean, the situation in the South China Sea has been stabilized.

In this regard, South Korea saw a possible move that might alleviate tensions by proposing dialogues with #North Korea.

Chinese state media on Monday acknowledged North Korea had to be punished for its missile tests, but criticized the United States for its "arrogance". It also stopped countries from increasing the number of North Korean labourers working there and also joint ventures.

Indian ODI squad to face Sri Lanka announced
Manish Pandey, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel and KL Rahul have come back into the squad . Manish Pandey , who had a great triangular series in South Africa has been rewarded for his performance.

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