Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

ASEAN forum rebukes Pyongyang over missile, nuclear programs

ASEAN forum rebukes Pyongyang over missile, nuclear programs

The new sanctions could slash North Korea's $3 billion annual export revenue by a third. He says the North is "ready to teach the US a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force".

The U.S. -drafted measure, negotiated with North Korea's neighbor and ally China, is aimed at increasing economic pressure on Pyongyang to return to negotiations on its nuclear and missile programs.

"Neither shall we flinch even an inch from the road to bolstering up the nuclear forces chosen by ourselves, unless the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the USA against the DPRK are fundamentally eliminated".

South Korea and Japan need to communicate more often in the face of missile and nuclear program of Pyongyang, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri-Yong Ho arrives at his hotel in Manila on August 7, 2017, after attending ASEAN meetings hosted by the Philippines.

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea, has assured the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) it will be a "responsible nuclear power" and will pose no threat to other countries - unless they join forces with the United States.

"Very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote on North Korea sanctions".

It said its intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July proved that the entire United States was in its firing range, and those missiles were a legitimate means of self-defense.

Under the new sanctions, all countries are now banned from importing North Korean coal, iron, lead and seafood products, and from letting in more North Korean laborers who deliver much-needed hard currency to the Kim Jong-Un regime.

The ARF, launched in 1994, is a rare multilateral diplomatic stage to which North Korea also sends its foreign minister annually.

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On Saturday, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution tightening the sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile activity. The 28 members include 10 ASEAN member states.

The Trump administration's attempts to pressure North Korea into abandoning its nuclear and missile ambitions have so far gained little traction, and Pyongyang has only stepped up its tests, launching two ICBM tests last month. Foreign Minister Wang Yi unleashed harsh words on sensitive topics against South and North Korea, the United States, and Japan.

"And we hope, again, that this ultimately will result in North Korea coming to the conclusion to choose a different pathway, and when the conditions are right that we can sit and have a dialogue around the future of North Korea so that they feel secure and prosper economically".

Yet despite deeming North Korea a top security threat, the young Trump administration has struggled to find a strategy that differs significantly from what the US has tried in the past.

But Wang, the Chinese envoy, cast Ri's presence in Manila as a positive, enabling him to "hear the voices from other sides".

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