Enforcing New North Korea Sanctions Poses Challenge

Issues before ASEAN ministers meeting in Manila

Gritty Talks Ahead as China, ASEAN Agree to Avoid Mishaps in Disputed Sea

Chinese state media said North Korea had to be punished for its missile tests, but criticized the USA for its "arrogance" Monday.

In a media briefing, Cayetano said the phrase in the draft of the communique was "not reflective of the present position". He's not specifying what those are.

North Korea regularly uses flamboyant language to make threats against the USA and the West.

"Would you rather that we be tough on paper and shove it in their face and nothing happens in the South China Sea, or would you rather we talk diplomatically and we get all the results?" said Cayetano.

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Saturday, which imposed new sanctions on North Korea that could slash by a third the country's $3 billion annual export revenue. "They have accomplished more than that", she said.

In pursuit of the vision started by the ASEAN founding fathers, President Duterte called for the harnessing of public-private partnership with his co-member states.

South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha (center) clasps hands with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono at their meeting during the ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila, Aug. 7.

Tillerson aide R.C. Hammond says that after a productive first day, Tillerson has taken time to prepare for Day 2.

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China on Sunday scored a diplomatic coup when foreign ministers from the 10-member ASEAN bloc released a diluted joint statement on the dispute that failed to mention China on the issue and agreed to its terms on how to negotiate a resolution.

He had served as foreign minister for four years and eight months.

North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Washington has repeatedly said that it doesn't rule out any of scenario, including a military one, concerning the North Korean problem. The part of the two top diplomats' meeting that attracted the most attention was their discussion of the December 28 agreement.

"We felt the readiness of our USA colleagues to continue dialogue", Lavrov said. He also emphasized China and Russia's participation in the vote. She says the USA rejects any "moral equivalency" implied by that proposal.

Wang Yi, China's foreign minister told the press that North Korea has not completely rejected South Korea's proposals, adding that China as also supports the South's initiatives.

Cayetano admitted that the Philippines was among the countries that did not want to include criticism on China's land reclamation and militarisation in the Spratlys in the joint communiqué issued by Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) foreign ministers after their meeting in Manila earlier this week. China is North Korea's most important ally. But his top diplomat is also laying out a narrow path for the North to return to negotiations. China has resisted America's strong push to cut off oil deliveries, arguing that dialogue with North Korea is the only way to persuade Pyongyang to halt its missile programs. In April, Vice President Pence met with ASEAN permanent representative and the ASEAN Secretariat, and announced that President Trump will travel to Manila for the U.S. -ASEAN and East Asia Summits later this year.

The U.S. has been pushing allied nations to contest China's construction of military facilities in the disputed territory and has exercised its right to freedom of navigation through the deployment of naval assets. As a preemptive measure, the UN #Security Council made a decision to impose new sanctions. The unanimously adopted resolution adds nine individuals and four entities to the United Nations blacklist, including North Korea's primary foreign exchange bank, subjecting them.

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