North Korea Rebuffs Nuclear Talks, Says US to 'Pay Dearly'


Washington has threatened to exert trade pressure on Beijing and impose sanctions on Chinese firms doing business with Pyongyang.

Despite being economically isolated, North Korea exports about $3bn worth of products and maintains trade relations chiefly with China, India, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Russia, Thailand and the Philippines.

On Twitter, Trump writes: "The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea". He cited the "very big financial impact" of the sanctions and noted optimistically that both China and Russian Federation had joined in the unanimous vote.

Former defence officials and experts say any new military conflict with North Korea would likely escalate quickly to the use of nuclear weapons, bringing catastrophic casualties not seen since World War Two and an untold economic impact worldwide.

During talks on Monday with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, the three countries agreed to work together to deter a potential North Korean provocation, which may coincide with a South Korea-US joint military drill later this month, and to formulate a "joint roadmap" for the denuclearization of the peninsula, Kang said.

The diplomatic wrangling sought to build on the sweeping new North Korea sanctions passed by the U.N. Security Council a day earlier - the strongest in a generation, the USA said.

Speaking at a regional security forum in Manila on Monday, Wang said the new resolution showed China and the worldwide community's opposition to North Korea's continued missile tests, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The resolution's adoption follows North Korea's first successful tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States on July 3 and July 27.

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The response shows that tensions are showing no signs of abating after the UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously approved measures to restrict North Korea's exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood.

This is why the United States is concentrating its diplomatic efforts on China in its bid to stop North Korea's tests.

On August 5, President Donald Trump tweeted that the United Nations had issued North Korea the largest punishment ever on the Asian country.

Tillerson has said the Trump administration is willing to hold talks with North Korea, but that won't happen until Pyongyang agrees to abandon its nuclear program.

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions since 2006.

"Owing to China's traditional economic ties with North Korea, it will mainly be China paying the price for implementing the resolution", a statement from the Foreign Ministry cited Wang as saying. Indeed, the US was floating a proposal to temporarily kick North Korea out of the 27-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum, although other member nations are divided about that idea.

"It's a positive but very small step, and can at least help the two Koreas exchange some views on the current state of affairs", Kim Jin-ho, a professor of political science at Dankook University in South Korea, said of the meeting between foreign ministers. He wouldn't give a concrete timeframe but said that the USA would "know it when we see it". "Not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen".

The resolution also bans countries from giving any additional permits to North Korean laborers - another source of money for Kim Jong Un's regime.