China to uphold North Korea sanctions

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He told the media in Washington the U.S. was not seeking "regime change", the collapse of the Pyongyang regime or "an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel" into North Korea.

Tillerson, in his most specific outline to date of what preconditions the USA had for talks with Pyongyang, said stopping the launches would be the "first and strongest signal".

The question of whether Beijing would go along with much harsher sanctions against North Korea was answered this weekend. Earlier Pyongyang said it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force in response to any USA military action.

Mr Tillerson on Monday insisted President Kim must first stop the missile tests, but he would not set a timeframe on when this might be possible or how long North Korea might have to refrain from testing more long-range missiles. He's not specifying what those are. In which case, will the U.S., now led by new President Donald Trump, undertake a military strike at the North?

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.

"Who has been carrying out the U.N. Security Council resolutions concerning North Korea?" And the White House says they committed to fully implement all relevant resolutions and to urge the worldwide community to do so as well.

In characteristically understated fashion, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said of the United Nations action, "It was a good outcome".

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, meeting with North Korea's top diplomat during the gathering in Manila, urged the North to "maintain calm" despite the United Nations vote.

Tillerson aide R.C. Hammond said that after a productive first day, Tillerson spent several hours preparing for Day 2.

Representing the United States at the dinner was Susan Thornton - acting assistant secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs. "We are ready to see the North and South resume contacts soon", foreign minister Wang Yi said at a regional security forum in Manila.

Ri was spotted at the gala smiling and toasting with the other foreign ministers. He also said any dialogue would deal with how North Korea can "feel secure and prosper economically". Trump's administration began floating potential plans to punish China for its trade practices in what was widely perceived as a reaction to China's inaction on North Korea.

US officials said they would be watching China's enforcement closely.

The top diplomats of South Korea and Russian Federation agreed on Monday to step up bilateral cooperation for the implementation of a new United Nations Security Council resolution against North Korea during their talks in Manila, the Philippines, the South Korean foreign ministry said.

It also blamed the USA for the current nuclear stalemate on the Korean Peninsula. She says in the past, there's been a pattern in which China complies with sanctions after a North Korean provocation, but then slips back over time.

"It's quite clear in terms of there being no daylight between the global community as to the expectation that North Korea will take steps to achieve all of my objectives, which is a denuclearised Korean peninsula", he told reporters on Monday. She says the US rejects any "moral equivalency" implied by that proposal.

He suggested that "the best signal that North Korea can give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches", adding that "other means of communication" were also open to Pyongyang.

Wang said the two had an intensive conversation during which China urged North Korea to maintain calm.

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