Southeast Asian diplomats criticise North Korean ballistic missile tests


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According to a 2015 United Nations report, the more than 50,000 workers North Korea dispatched to at least 17 countries - including China, Russia, Mongolia and Poland - earned it $1.2 billion to $2.3 billion (about ¥133 billion to about ¥255 billion) that year.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley praised the council's solidarity, saying more days like this one were needed at the United Nations.

Thornton says she expects China and other countries in the dispute will likely announce a new "code of conduct" framework during the summit for dealing with the maritime issue.

The sanctions will slash North Korea's annual export revenue of $3 billion by more than a third, according to a statement from Haley's office.

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PUSH FOR DIALOGUE Tillerson also met his Chinese counterpart, who said they had "specific and meaningful" talks about North Korea and agreed that the new resolutions should be a means of returning to dialogue.

South Korea's decision last month to install additional launchers of the USA missile shield system called THAAD threw cold water on relations between South Korea and China, Beijing's top diplomat said Sunday. The second, experts said, showed the potential to reach the US mainland.

"When the situation in the South China Sea is generally stable, and if there is no major disruption from outside parties - with that as the precondition - then we will consider during the November leaders' meeting".

China accounts for 90 percent of trade with North Korea, and Beijing's attitude to its volatile neighbour will be crucial to the success or failure of the new sanctions regime. Wang also urged the United States and South Korea "to stop increasing tensions" and said that all sides should return to negotiations. But Liu also criticized the USA role on the Korean peninsula, saying the deployment of a US antimissile system, called THAAD, in South Korea, "will not bring a solution to the issue of [North Korea's] nuclear testing and missile launches".

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As global pressure mounted on North Korea after the UNSC imposed new sanctions, China on Sunday called on Pyongyang to halt its missile and nuclear tests and stop provoking "the worldwide community's goodwill".

It also gives the committee a green light to designate specific vessels that are breaking sanctions from entering ports all over the world and to work with Interpol to enforce travel bans on North Koreans on the sanctions blacklist. Susan Thornton, the top USA diplomat for Asia, said Beijing had historically cooperated with sanctions after flagrant North Korean violations but then slipped back over time.

"Actually, we've never upgraded", Cayetano said. "Because they feel under threat and under siege".

China's Ambassador Liu Jieyi said his country denounced unilateral sanctions by the US and said action against North Korea must be through the United Nations mechanism. "The President appreciates China's and Russia's cooperation in securing passage of this resolution", read a White House statement released after the UN Security Council's unanimous passage of the sweeping measures.

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For the USA, it was a long-awaited sign of progress for Trump's strategy of trying to enlist Beijing's help to squeeze North Korea diplomatically and economically. But there were no signs the USA would acquiesce to China's call for a quick return to negotiations.

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