N.Korea Snubs S.Korea at ASEAN Forum

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"To China - as a neighbour to both North Korea and South Korea - we support the positive initiatives by the new South Korean government and we are willing to see such contacts happen as soon as possible".

"Several ministers of foreign affairs here are expressing concern about the situation on the Korean Peninsula, but those countries that are unable or fail to take issue with the U.S.'s hostile policy and nuclear threat towards the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] - the root cause of the problem - are not morally qualified to talk about the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula", the Philippine Inquirer quoted him as saying.

China, the North's main ally, yesterday vowed to fully implement the curbs in a push to bring the North Koreans back to the negotiating table.

Because at this very moment, there are probably at least two Ohio-class USA nuclear ballistic missile submarines on patrol in the Western Pacific.

"We will make the USA pay by a thousand-fold for all the heinous crimes it commits against the state and people of this country", the statement said.

The new sanctions could slash North Korea's $3 billion annual export revenue by a third.

The statement called the sanctions, which include prohibitions on North Korean exports of coal, iron and seafood, "a flagrant infringement upon its sovereignty".

Lee Choon-geun, senior research fellow at South Korea's state-run Science and Technology Policy Institute, said there was a risk that any missile could land much closer to Guam than planned.

In the context of North Korea's rapidly advancing intercontinental ballistic missile program, these threats can not be ignored.

While some officials of ASEAN members acknowledged concerns about North Korea, they also cited concerns about trade relations with the United States.

Japan officially lists 17 nationals as having been abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s but suspects Pyongyang's involvement in many other disappearances.

A total of 2,760 adults living in all 50 USA states and the District of Columbia were surveyed, with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points.

The sanctions are the toughest of the seven Security Council resolutions adopted since 2006 aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear militarization. "They look at the Iran deal and they see that just one president later, they [U.S.] is looking at renegotiating and new rounds of sanctions..."

North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. "This is not a 'give me 30 days and we are ready to talk.' It's not quite that simple". The more the whole world sees us as the solution and not as a country led by someone just as insane, irrational and unstable as North Korea, the more leverage we will have.

"When it comes to the South China Sea, of course Japan doesn't want to see a diminished US presence", he said.

But Washington says it will be watching closely to ensure that China doesn't ease up on the North - if and when the world's attention is diverted elsewhere.

It's hard to know if such sanctions will be effective, said Sifton, although he points to South Korean intelligence indicating that the last round of sanctions against North Korea might have "lead the regime to be a little bit less aggressive or brutal in its crackdowns and human rights abuses".

Foreign Minister Wang Yi says the situation has reached "crisis point" as Pyongyang reacts aggressively to the United Nations export ban.

"We hope again that this ultimately will result in North Korea coming to a 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", he told reporters.

Apart from a developing missile and nuclear program, North Korea has a powerful army with 700,000 active troops and another 4.5 million in the reserves.

But Zhao said an increasingly erratic North Korea is now threatening to overshadow the Communist Party's big day.

"China calls on all relevant sides to uphold the broad direction of resolving the North Korean nuclear issue through political means", the statement said. He wrapped up his latest, this time to Southeast Asia, on Wednesday.

North Korea launched two missiles last month that experts say have the range to reach anywhere in the USA including Los Angeles and Chicago.

Ri also said the North "is ready to teach the USA a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force... should the US pounce upon [North Korea] with military force at last".

Tillerson conceded there would likely be a lag period before the sanctions "actually have a practical bite on their revenues". There is little to no chance that North Korea can be talked out of weapons it considers essential, he said.

Information for this article was contributed by Rick Gladstone of The New York Times; and by Hyung-jin Kim, Josh Lederman and Teresa Cerojano of The Associated Press.

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