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US, Japan Call For Stop To Land Reclamations In South China Sea

US, Japan Call For Stop To Land Reclamations In South China Sea

As an important regional organization, ASEAN has become a major force in promoting regional integration and maintaining regional peace and stability, Wang said.

But it does seem clear that China expects an end to the pressure it's faced to do more to rein in North Korea, now that it's approved the sanctions.

"But in order to protect the global non-proliferation system and regional peace and stability, China will, as before, fully and strictly properly implement the entire contents of the relevant resolution". In what was apparently a chance meeting at a gala dinner Sunday night, Ri spoke briefly with his counterpart from South Korea, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.

Any of the two veto-wielding countries could have killed the resolution. China alone is responsible for 90 percent of North Korea's trade, and Russian Federation like China employs North Koreans as contract workers, whose salaries mostly go directly to their government.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday sent a congratulatory message to Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, which is the rotating chair of the Association of Southeastern Asian Nations (ASEAN), on the 50th founding anniversary of the regional organization.

The urgency of the situation was underlined by President Donald Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who told MSNBC news that the U.S. leader was reviewing plans for a "preventive war". The rejection may have sprung from the new sanctions on North Korea. "We must be tough & decisive!", Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

"The Philippines, in building trust and mutual respect with China, is asking China to understand us".

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Hours before the statement, the USA presented a draft United Nations resolution calling for 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 statement said that the ASEAN Foreign Ministers also discussed on the situation in the Korean Peninsula and in the Middle East, whereby Malaysia reiterated the importance of addressing these issues in a comprehensive manner.

He, meanwhile, said South Korea and Japan are "blindly" following the USA, suggesting that the North has little interest in having talks with those countries.

Wang said Tillerson's "Four Nos" promise was a positive signal. "The remarks were completely like a mission the United States assigned to you".

"Should the USA pounce upon the DPRK with military force at last, the DPRK is ready to teach the USA a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force it has so far shown in detail".

The successful testing of two ICBMs last month suggested the reclusive North was making technical progress, Japan's annual Defence White Paper warned.

The success or failure of the latest resolution will rest with China, which accounts for 90 percent of all trade with North Korea.