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North Korea a 'clear and present' threat, says US defence secretary

North Korea has fully rejected the latest UN Security Council resolution to expand sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile activities, and Pyongyang intends to continue its nuclear development without any delay, the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Mattis, however, went on to say, "We can not and will not accept unilateral, coercive changes to the status quo" in the South China Sea.

Yet Mattis offers a positive and helpful tone for cooperation and peace in the Asia-Pacific region.

"While competition between the USA and China, the world's two largest economies, is bound to occur, conflict is not inevitable", he said in his speech.

In a sign of the U.S. commitment to the region, Mattis said that soon about 60 percent of overseas tactical aviation assets would be assigned to the region and he would work with the U.S. Congress on an Asia-Pacific stability initiative. "Our two countries can and do cooperate for mutual benefit".

"Respecting freedom of navigation and adhering to worldwide norms [are] essential for peace and economic growth in the inter-linked geography of the Indo-Pacific", Mattis said.

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"Sanctions are not a goal in itself but as long as DPRK doesn't stop its behavior, we'll have no other choice than reinforcing the pressure on the regime", Permanent Representative of France to the UN Francois Delattre told reporters Friday.

North Korea doesn't hold a candle to the United States militarily.

It said until the USA and its followers make the right choices, the North's "ultra-precision and diversified Juche Rocket" will continue to thunder and skyrocket in full blast in numbers and in succession.

Russia chose to support the measure despite Kremlin anger over Washington's move to impose United States sanctions on two Russian firms that do business with North Korea. "We consider it urgent".

"That enduring commitment is based on strategic interests and on shared values", said James Mattis, speaking at an annual Asian security conference in Singapore.

The country has repeatedly violated a United Nations ban on ballistic missile tests, doing so even as recently as earlier this week.

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The public vote has been seen as a clear message to Pyongyang that the council is unhappy with their repeated defiance of the United Nations ban on ballistic missile launches. He Lei (何雷), deputy president of China's PLA Academy of Military Science, said the Chinese government is firmly opposed to any US arms sales to Taiwan.

The last round of complex sanctions imposed by the Security Council took three months to negotiate following Pyongyang's fifth nuclear test in September.

In opening remarks, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expressed disappointment over Trump's recent withdrawals from both the Paris Climate Accord and the Trans Pacific Partnership - a multilateral trade deal that was supposed to bind the U.S. economically with 12 other Asian nations.

Describing North Korea as a "clear and present danger", he said the "pace and scope" of its nuclearisation efforts signal a "clear intent" to acquire nuclear armed ballistic missiles.

But he added that the United States will remain an global leader, and that Americans accept that "like it or not, we are part of the world".

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