UN Security Council Votes Unanimously To Impose Toughest Sanctions Yet

Casey Dawson
August 8, 2017

Trump isn't ruling out a "preventive war" to stop North Korea from being able to threaten the U.S., National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said in an interview with MSNBC done earlier in the week and broadcast Saturday.

The Blue House also emphasized support for continued joint military exercises with the U.S. He says he won't give a concrete timeframe but that the USA will "know it when we see it".

But Yonhap reported that Mr Ri retorted: "Given the current situation in which the South collaborates with the United States to heap pressure on the North, such proposals lacked sincerity".

The punitive measures, including a ban on all exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood, were formulated in response to North Korea's two ICBM tests in July.

The two discussed the recent United Nations sanctions against North Korea as well as the reclusive nation's "grave and growing direct threat to the United States, South Korea, and Japan, as well as to most countries around the world", according to a statement.

The U.S.is open to talks with North Korea if it halts its testing of ballistic missiles, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at a summit of Asian leaders Monday.

Tillerson and South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said sanctions against North Korea aren't meant to bring the country down, but rather to lead to peaceful denuclearization.

U.S. President Donald Trump hailed the sanctions on Twitter, noting that China and Russian Federation had both backed the measure.

China might launch military offensive in 2 weeks: Chinese expert
Beijing has accused New Delhi of violating a convention signed in 1890 between Britain and China relating to Sikkim and Tibet. If there is war, it will be a US-China war, with India on the US side, in the South China Sea and in the Himalayas.

Lim Eul Chul, a North Korea expert at South Korea's Kyungnam University, said the comments by the North demonstrate how angry it is over the U.N. sanctions, but that the country is not likely to launch a pre-emptive strike against the United States.

"The best signal that North Korea could send that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches", Mr Tillerson said.

Tillerson also discussed the need to ramp up global pressure on North Korea to force it to abandon its nuclear weapons programmes in meetings with Australia, Japan and South Korea.

Since taking office in May President Moon Jae-in has tried to balance pressure with engagement to defuse tensions with the nuclear North Korean state.

However, signalling that differences remained between the world powers on how to handle the North, Mr Wang on Sunday reiterated China's position that sanctions alone would not solve the problem and called again for the United States to talk to the North.

After being put on the USA list, Thailand defended itself with a 22-page justification that covered everything from its support for the United States in the Korean War to investment by US companies in Thailand.

The new sanctions could cut off roughly one-third of North Korea's estimated $3 billion in annual exports, ostensibly denying the nation funds for its weapons programs.

SMITH: The U.S. and the United Nations have been imposing sanctions on North Korea for years. Thailand is the world's No. 2 maker of hard drives, with USA firm Seagate Technology and Western Digital among big players.

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