As sanctions loom, seafood trade slows on China-North Korea border

SE Asian ministers endorse framework of S. China Sea code

All eyes are on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as he joined other leading nations' foreign ministers at the ASEAN conference in the Philippines.

At the closing ceremonies of the 50th Asean Ministerial Meeting and Related Meetings, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said the joint communiqué that called for nonmilitarization and self-restraint in South China Sea activities reflects the sentiment of the whole Asean.

China has called for a resumption of talks on the Korean Peninsula and urged North Korea not to provoke the global community after the UN Security Council voted to impose its toughest sanctions yet on Pyongyang.

On Monday, Pyongyang's closest ally expressed his views on North Korea's upfront rejection.

Sokhonn attempted to equate the drafting of joint statements to making soup, where he said each country would like to add their own "ingredients" but that in the end the soup had to be palatable to all ASEAN member states.

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

The measure prohibits all new joint ventures with North Korean companies and added nine North Korean ventures and four entities, including its main foreign exchange bank, to the US sanctions blacklist.

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

"We want to make sure China is continuing to implement fully the sanctions regime", she said.

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Pyongyang also clarified that the nuclear program was prepared against a possible threat from the US, but it is ready to go on the offensive against countries that join the U.S.

The DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"Would you rather that we be tough on paper and shove it in their face and nothing happens in the South China Sea, or would you rather we talk diplomatically and we get all the results?" said Cayetano.

Ri is scheduled to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Regional Security Forum, or ARF.

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 remarks were completely like a mission the United States assigned to you".

"The COC not only serves regional trust-building, but also sets a foundation for long-term peace and stability in the South China Sea", he told Xinhua.

"It is conceivable that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has already considerably advanced and it is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturisation of nuclear weapons and has acquired nuclear warheads", it said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) test launch in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.

The United States and North Korea's neighbors are joining in a fresh attempt to isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs, in a global pressure campaign.

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