China 'willing' to pay the price for new North Korea sanctions

Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Monday urged East Asian countries to uphold a free and fair economic order amid protectionism to continue outshining the rest of the world

Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Monday urged East Asian countries to uphold a free and fair economic order amid protectionism to continue outshining the rest of the world

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also called on Beijing to abide by a 2016 worldwide tribunal ruling that invalidated its sweeping claims in the South China Sea.

Ei Sun Oh, adjunct senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore said: "It would appear China has never lost in terms of seeing the language of ASEAN forum statements being toned down".

China will pay the biggest price from the new United Nations sanctions against North Korea because of its close economic relationship with the country, but will always enforce the resolutions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. In what was apparently a chance meeting at a gala dinner Sunday night, Ri spoke briefly with his counterpart from South Korea, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.

Ahead of the gathering, the United States had urged ASEAN countries to "downgrade" its North Korea ties.

Ri says in the speech that responsibility for the Korean Peninsula crisis lies exclusively with Washington.

His father, Yohei Kono, also a former foreign minister, is widely known for the statement he issued under his name as chief Cabinet secretary in 1993.

"After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea".

"We'll know it when we see it", he said in Manila.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS John S. McCain traveled close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals.

The question of whether Beijing would go along with much harsher sanctions against North Korea was answered this weekend.

"We are ready to retaliate with far bigger actions to make the USA pay a price for its crime against our country and people", the reclusive nation warned, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.

Mr Tillerson said halting missile test launches, which have anxious neighbours South Korea and Japan, was a first step toward dialogue.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the most substantial progress made was that, with the joint efforts of China and Asean, the situation in the South China Sea has been stabilized.

The United States did not seek regime change, the collapse of the regime, an accelerated reunification of the peninsula or an excuse to send the USA military into North Korea, Tillerson said.

"It's a common stand for Asean because the ARF is the lone opportunity for North Korea attends".

He also said he accepted the other ministers' inputs as ASEAN operates on a consensus vote.

Hours before the statement, the US presented a draft United Nations resolution calling for toughening sanctions on North Korea with a sweeping ban on exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood that could deprive Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenues. The two most recent examples of this are at Tree Island and North Island in the Amphitrite Group.