China Counting on Sanctions to Stop North Korea Nuclear Push

Moon, Trump Call for Maximum Pressure on N.Korea

North Korea is furious after the UN Security Council passed it toughest sanctions yet against the country following their two recent missiles tests that showed the capability of reaching the US.

In a statement on Monday, Pyongyang said the sanctions were caused by a "heinous USA plot to isolate and stifle" North Korea.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the best signal North Korea could give that it's prepared for negotiations with the U.S. would be to halt its missile launches. All countries are now banned from importing North Korean coal, iron, lead and seafood products, and from letting in more North Korean laborers whose remittances help fund Kim Jong Un's regime.

"You need deeper sanctions over a longer period of time, like years, before you can see if North Korea changes its behavior", Thomas Byrne, president of the New York-based Korea Society, said in a telephone interview.

China has called for the United States and South Korea to suspend military drills on the Korean Peninsula in return for North Korea agreeing to a weapons freeze and returning to dialogue, but the United States has rejected this.

On the heels of that win at the United Nations, the USA has been trying to isolate North Korea at the gathering of leaders in Manila, campaigning for its expulsion from the ASEAN Regional Forum.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho to calmly react to measures to curb its exports and avoid more provocations when they met on Sunday in Manila, where diplomats from more than 20 countries are attending a security forum.

The ruling Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper detailed in a published piece that: "Sanctions to the greatest possible extent must avoid causing negative impacts to ordinary people and to third countries, and avoid bringing disaster to the country in question's normal and legal trade and business exchanges with the outside world, people's normal lives, and the humanitarian situation".

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HU: (Laughter) This sounds extreme, but it is actually rather par for the course, if not tame, for North Korean state media threats.

After the call, President Trump took to Twitter.

Wang said the two had an intensive conversation during which China urged North Korea to maintain calm.

Tillerson later met with Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha, where they underscored the important roles of China, Russia and ASEAN in pressuring North Korea, a Japanese official said.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says he urged his North Korean counterpart to abide by United Nations resolutions and stop provoking "the worldwide community's goodwill" with missile launches and nuclear tests.

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

The lengthy statement was the first reaction from North Korea since the UN Security Council resolution proposed by the United States was passed on Saturday, with the backing of China and Russian Federation.

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