China willing to pay the price for new North Korea sanctions

North Korea said the UN sanctions will never force the country to negotiate over its nuclear programme or to give up its nuclear drive

North Korea said the UN sanctions will never force the country to negotiate over its nuclear programme or to give up its nuclear drive

Southeast Asian countries are "not happy" with North Korea's missile tests, Cambodia's foreign minister said on Wednesday, calling them a threat to regional security.

Wang spoke to reporters in Manila after meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on the sidelines of a regional meeting, hours after the UN Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions to punish Pyongyang for its escalating nuclear and missile programs.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will be under pressure to prove the punitive actions of the global community won't shake his commitment to the development of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them to distant targets.

Wang also urged the USA and South Korea "to stop increasing tensions" and said that all sides should return to negotiations.

The Trump Administration and the United Nations Security Council are heralding Saturday's Resolution 2371, which imposes new sanctions on North Korea.

In an interview with MSNBC from last week broadcast on Saturday, US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump was not ruling out a "preventive war" to stop North Korea from being able to threaten the US. North Korea, which has developed an intercontinental ballistic missile some expert observers assess is capable of delivering a nuclear payload to cities across America, is livid and threatening to retaliate.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

According to South Korean statistics, China accounts for more than 90 percent of trade with North Korea - trade which increased this year by 10 percent. She also said she explained to Tillerson the South's efforts to restart contacts with the North for humanitarian issues and to defuse military tensions.

This is not the first time the United Nations has approved sanctions against North Korea because of its nuclear program; the first one was way back in 2006.

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With a newfound ability to turn rhetoric into reality, the USA and its worldwide partners can expect additional provocations from the extremely hostile North Korean regime.

After that he and his senior aides sat down first with Myanmar's minister of state for foreign affairs, Kyaw Tin, then with South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha. He said the countries needed to show Pyongyang that the door to dialogue was open if North Korea gave up its nuclear weapons and missile programs, according to a Moon spokesman.

"They don't want to see the Korean peninsula unified by the South Korean government, aligned with the United States, because that would be a victory strategically for this long-running competition between China and the United States", he said. Last month, Trump asserted that North Korea "is behaving in a very unsafe manner, and something will have to be done about it.and probably dealt with rapidly".

"Each U.N. resolution is better than its predecessor and each one is the strongest in history against North Korea", said Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation.