Japan imposes new sanctions on North Korea

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Japan imposes new sanctions on North Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday that the United States is ready to sit at the negotiating table with North Korea "without preconditions".

Nearly immediately afterwards, the White House shot down Tillerson's assertion that the U.S.is ready to meet with North Korea, not only without preconditions, but at all.

"Time will tell what was the impact of our discussions, but I think we have left the door ajar and I fervently hope that the door to a negotiated solution will now be opened wide", Feltman told reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council behind closed doors on his visit.

U.S. President Donald Trump wants China, North Korea's main ally and trading partner, to impose an oil embargo on Pyongyang, over and above Beijing's adherence to United Nations sanctions.

"Most importantly, they share a commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the security of our homeland and the protection of our allies".

"As the secretary of state himself has said, this must include, but is not limited to, no further nuclear or missile tests". "However, the missile launch in November made it clear that North Korea was continuing to relentlessly develop its nuclear and missile programs even while they were seemingly silent", Kono said.

Japan says North Korea snatched at least 17 people in the 1970s and 1980s.

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In a state-controlled news broadcast this week on the country's arms conference a background portrait shows what appears to be former leader Kim Jong-il inspecting an atomic bomb.

The widening of sanctions comes ahead of a meeting of the UN Security Council to be held on today (15).

Russia's United Nations ambassador is questioning the USA commitment to peace on the Korean peninsula, saying 2 1/2 months of quiet from North Korea was answered by Washington and its allies with unscheduled large-scale military exercises, unilateral sanctions, and a declaration that the North sponsors terrorism.

"It is necessary to put an immediate end to rhetoric and actions that are unfavourable to denuclearisation as well as peace and security of the Korean peninsula", said Wu Haitao, China's deputy United Nations ambassador.

The Security Council has ratcheted up sanctions on North Korea over its weapons programs since 2006.

Despite this, it is not the first time North Korea has "accidentally" gave away surprising information in the background of news reports.

Guterres called for re-establishing communication channels including military-to-military channels on the Korean peninsula to lower the risk of miscalculation.

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