N.Korea pledges "righteous" action after new United Nations sanctions

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China urges dialogue on N. Korea crisis

The Trump administration is cautiously embracing China's apparent newfound cooperation. The region itself is not a treaty partner of the US and it's up to the 10 Southeast Asian countries to respond firmly to China's posture in the South China Sea, he said.

But he would not set a timeframe on when this might be possible or how long North Korea might have to refrain from testing more long-rang missiles.

China has called for the USA and South Korea to suspend military drills on the Korean Peninsula in return for North Korea agreeing to a weapons freeze and returning to dialogue, but the U.S. has rejected this.

Still, Thornton says China's vote for the sanctions is a good step that shows Beijing understands the gravity of the problem.

The Blue House also emphasized support for continued joint military exercises with the U.S.

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North Korea carried out two unprecedented tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last month but they are not believed to able to cap them with nuclear warheads. There's a lot of analysts that I've spoken to that say that this really looks like a play to go after North Korea's economy as a whole, in a way, that sanctions previously haven't targeted before. He says he told Ri "do not violate the United Nations decision or provoke the worldwide community's goodwill by conducting missile launches or nuclear tests".

The Chinese official also said he hoped the United States would seriously consider China's proposed "dual suspension" of military drills in the South and missile tests in the North.

In a Twitter post, Trump said he was "very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote" on the sanctions. It is being cheered on by President Donald Trump.

Adding to the drumbeat of criticism, the commander of USA forces in the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris, said Monday that the code of conduct negotiations with an "aggressive" China will be a key challenge for the region. The White House praised China's move to join a unanimous U.N. Security Council resolution slapping new sanctions that could cut off about one-third of the North's roughly $3 billion in annual exports.

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Wang, who also called for the US and South Korea to reduce tensions, said after meeting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the sanctions "created the conditions to find a breakthrough".

The contending states should clarify their claims peacefully in accordance with a 1982 maritime treaty and global law, according to the three, who met on the sidelines of annual meetings of Asia-Pacific foreign ministers in Manila, including those from China and Russian Federation.

Tillerson and Kang said the sanctions aren't meant to hurt the North Korean people, but instead lead to peaceful denuclearization.

SMITH: The U.S. and the United Nations have been imposing sanctions on North Korea for years.

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