Japan, US, Australia Urge the Philippines, China to Abide by Arbitral Ruling

UN imposes tough new sanctions on North Korea

South Korea's foreign minister joined her counterparts from the United States and Japan yesterday for a meeting in Manila in which Tillerson touted efforts to persuade nations to stop using North Korean labor.

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, we offer congratulations to the peoples and member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as the ASEAN Secretariat, on the organization's 50th anniversary on August 8th.

Speaking at a regional security forum in Manila on Monday, Wang said the new resolution showed China and the worldwide community's opposition to North Korea's continued missile tests, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. During the meeting, which lasted for more than 40 minutes, the three top diplomats agreed that North Korea's two test launches of the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile last month demonstrated that the North had made considerable progress in enhancing its nuclear weapons and missile capabilities.

In the printed version of the speech, Ri said that the entire USA mainland is within firing range of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which is North Korea's official name.

On another front confronting Asia, the Asean ministers reiterated their grave concerns over the escalation of tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

"The US fabricated a new sanctions resolution against the DPRK in the UN Security Council".

Senior US envoy Susan Thornton said Washington was "still going to be watchful" on the implementation of sanctions, cautioning that previous votes had been followed by China "slipping back".

"We've not had an extended period of time where they have not taken some type of provocative action by launching ballistic missiles", Mr Tillerson said.

They also urged South Korea and the U.S. to stop carrying out military drills.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi canceled a scheduled one-on-one meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart in Manila at the last minute on Monday due to a spat over the South China Sea, according to people familiar with the situation.

"It's a common stand for Asean because the ARF is the lone opportunity for North Korea attends". But we have told all countries around the world: We are a sovereign nation.

The statement also appealed to ASEAN members and China.

Thornton also said that the United States would be "watchful" to ensure that China did not slip from its adherence to the new sanctions, which she characterized as the strongest in a generation.

"This is really about the spirit of these talks, and they (North Korea) can demonstrate that they're ready to sit with a spirit of finding a way forward in these talks by no longer conducting these missile tests". The demands that China stop expanding and reinforcing man-made islands in the sea, however, have been watered down from a year ago as more pressing demands have risen to the forefront.

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