U.S. envoy says real dialogue needed with North Korea

16 December, 2017, 05:57 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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China's deputy United Nations ambassador, Wu Haitao, said all parties must implement United Nations sanctions, but said that unilateral sanctions undermine the unity of the Security Council and "hurt the legitimate right and interests of other countries and should therefore be abandoned".

The United States has called on China to cut off oil supplies to North Korea, a move that would deal a crippling blow to its economy.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told the Security Council that North Korea was "nowhere near ready" to abandon its nuclear and missile programs and was not interested in a meaningful dialogue.

On Thursday, Pyongyang said that a Trump administration plan to impose a naval blockade on North Korea, if implemented, would be "extremely dangerous" and "big step" toward nuclear war.

Japan has imposed fresh sanctions against North Korea as it seeks to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes.

North Korea conducted missile tests at a steady pace since April, then paused in September after firing a rocket that passed over Japan's Hokkaido island. -South Korean military exercises, which he called a serious threat to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.

"It continues to be a diplomatically led effort", Mattis said.

Russia's United Nations ambassador is questioning the USA commitment to peace on the Korean peninsula, saying 2 1/2 months of quiet from North Korea was answered by Washington and its allies with unscheduled large-scale military exercises, unilateral sanctions, and a declaration that the North sponsors terrorism.

He told reporters after the meeting that the United States would not accept any preconditions for talks with North Korea.

Japan said today it had added 19 more entities to its list of organisations and individuals targeted by asset-freeze sanctions on North Korea. -South Korean exercises and a halt to North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that analysis continued on North Korea's most recent missile test, but he did not believe its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) posed an imminent threat to the United States.

He retorted that North Koreans aren't working in Russian Federation "in slave-like conditions" but under an agreement with Pyongyang "that guarantees their rights".

The North Koreans "know where the door is".

North Korea's United Nations ambassador Ja Song-Nam made a rare appearance at the council meeting chaired by Japan, which announced new targeted sanctions on Chinese entities, among others.

Mr Tillerson added that United States communication channels remain "open" to North Korea when they want to talk.

"The hope for peace is not totally obliterated", said Chinese Deputy Ambassador Wu Haitao. He said any lull in missile tests did not mean that North Korea was sitting idly.

The UN's political affairs chief, Jeffrey Feltman, returned at the weekend from talks in Pyongyang - the first visit to the North by a high-ranking UN official since 2011.

Since late 2016, the Security Council has slapped three rounds of sanctions aimed at choking off revenue to Pyongyang's weapons program, which the United Nations has described as the most unsafe security issue in the world today.



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