Japan's Foreign Ministry Urges ASEAN to Increase Pressure on N Korea

Japan's Foreign Ministry Urges ASEAN to Increase Pressure on N Korea

Japan's Foreign Ministry Urges ASEAN to Increase Pressure on N Korea

The various challenges include the global super powers' interaction in many aspects, the tension in the Korean Peninsula, the dispute in South China Sea or other non-traditional security threats including transnational crime, human trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorism and climate change, she said.

But Washington says it will be watching closely to ensure that China doesn't ease up on the North — if and when the world's attention is diverted elsewhere.

Hours before the ASEAN minister's statement, the US presented a draft United Nations resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea with a sweeping ban on exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood that could deprive Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenues.

The U.S. says that is simply unacceptable. The new resolution also bans investment activities in relation to North Korea, such as joint ventures, and designates several additional individuals for a travel ban and assets freeze, as well as imposes an assets freeze on some entities. She says the US rejects any "moral equivalency" implied by that proposal.

The ministers of the 10-member group expressed "grave concerns over the escalation of tensions in the Korean Peninsula" following Pyongyang's ballistic missile launches in July.

Top diplomats from Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries gathered at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City Saturday to discuss regional and international concerns with the view of identifying possible areas of cooperation to address such issues. 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 framework that serves as a basis for talks shuns specifics that might alarm China and instead covers broad advice about avoiding incidents between vessels or aircraft, said Collin Koh, maritime security research fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

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Wang also urged the US and South Korea "to stop increasing tensions" and said that all sides should return to negotiations.

It wants to isolate North Korea.

At the ASEAN-China meeting on August 6, both sides had a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of the ASEAN-China centre, aimed at assessing reports on the implementation of action plans with dialogue partners.

One other issue of course is the USA relations with Russian Federation and with China. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho will head the delegation.

"There's still no consensus", one of the diplomats said, adding the disagreements over the wordings on the sea issue were holding up the release of the communique.

Kang is echoing Tillerson's praise for the sanctions approved Saturday by the U.N. Security Council. It is, however, unclear if the two Diplomats will have lower-level meetings.

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