Tillerson urges Pyongyang to stop missile tests

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"It's quite clear in terms of there being no daylight between the global community as to the expectation that North Korea will take steps to achieve all of my objectives, which is a denuclearized Korean peninsula", he said.

Foreign ministers of the 27-member ASEAN Regional Forum, including the U.S., Japan, China, South Korea and Russian Federation, were expected to urge North Korea to "exercise self-restraint in the interest of maintaining peace, security and stability in the region and the world", according to a draft statement.

Trump and Moon welcomed the new United Nations Security Council resolution that targets North Korea's primary exports, including coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.

A spokeswoman for the State Department's East Asia Bureau said Tillerson, who will be the most senior USA official to visit Thailand since a 2014 coup, will discuss a broad range of issues including security, trade and investment.

The recent resolution, he said, sends a.

Thornton says the USA isn't now considering China's proposal to freeze US military exercises with South Korea in exchange for the North halting nuclear development.

The resolution "condemns in the strongest terms" North Korea's July 4 and July 28 missile tests, and adds new individuals and entities, including the Foreign Trade Bank, a state-owned lender that acts as North Korea's "primary foreign exchange bank", to a United Nations sanctions list.

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China and Russian Federation slammed United States deployment of the THAAD anti-missile defense system in South Korea. The two sides are expected to hold formal talks to amend the agreement that was last revised in 2002.

"We will not put our self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table", it said, "and will never take a single step back from strengthening our nuclear might".

"The U.S. should aim for peace and co-existence rather than geopolitical dominance". THAAD is created to intercept medium range missiles at high altitudes, but not ICBMs.

Tillerson, speaking on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Manila, said the execution and implementation of new United Nations sanctions would be carefully watched and the resolution sends a strong message that North Korea needs to understand what the world expects of it. "I think it's quite clear to everyone, this is impossible?" said Wang.

US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke by phone on Monday and said they would apply "maximum pressure" and continue with a joint military drill planned for later in August. However Pyongyang has so far rejected offers of dialogue, cooperation and humanitarian assistance.

The Korean standoff was in focus at a weekend regional security forum in Manila, where both foreign ministers briefly met ahead of a gala dinner, according to a South Korean foreign ministry official. She says the USA rejects any "moral equivalency" implied by that proposal.

The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and Australia on Monday expressed serious concerns over disputes in the South China Sea, where China is increasing its moves to build military facilities.