United States 'preparing for war with North Korea' - Trump adviser claims

Casey Dawson
August 8, 2017

The resolution also prohibits countries from hiring North Korean laborers and bans countries from entering or investing into new joint ventures with Pyongyang.

It is said that the incomes of workers dispatched by Pyongyang to other countries are a source of funds for North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said on Sunday in a statement that Seoul welcomes the UNSC's unanimous adoption of Resolution 2371 in response to the North's two intercontinental ballistic missiles tests last month. The document implies prohibition of imports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead and seafood from the Asian nation by the UN member states.

ASEAN ties with the United States, under President Donald Trump, have been in flux, as questions linger over Washington's commitment to maritime security and trade in Asia, diminishing the grouping's bargaining power with Beijing.

The joint initiative focused on the idea "to simultaneously freeze North Korean nuclear and missile activities, and USA and South Korean joint military drills", Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference at the time.

Although China and Russian Federation have pushed for a resumption of the six-party talks with North Korea, disagreement remains on how to bring Washington and Pyongyang to the table. "He will continue working with allies and partners to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to end its threatening and destabilizing behavior".

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He urged the North to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

"These sanctions will cut deep, and in doing so will give the North Korean leadership a taste of the deprivations they have chosen to inflict on the North Korean people", Haley said. "If there is an opportunity that naturally occurs, we should talk", Kang Kyung-Wha told reporters as she landed in Manila today, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

It is unclear whether Asean will take a tougher line on North Korea, as advocated by the United States, or stick to its position of calling for calm and adherence to UN Security Council resolutions.

"The United States was able to get a pretty strong resolution here that will hit North Korea where it hurts economically", says Ankit Panda, who writes about North Korea for the online magazine, The Diplomat.

Moreover, the US wanted to tie the noose around Kim's regime tighter as it has asked the UNSC in July to consider limiting the supply of oil to North Korea's military and weapons programs. Susan Thornton, the top US diplomat for Asia, said Beijing had historically cooperated with sanctions after flagrant North Korean violations but then slipped back over time. China and Russian Federation also agreed to the plan of implementing sanctions when North Korea conducted another round of testing on July 28, Los Angeles Times reported. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he has urged his North Korean counterpart to abide by United Nations resolutions. "North Korea should forgo the path of provocation, forgo the path of further escalation".

The revelation came as North Korea issued a verbal attack on America, telling its Washington enemies they were "doomed to ruin".

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