China's sanctions support shows recognition of gravity of North Korea threat

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The ministers supported the establishment of a new ASEAN Regional Forum Inter-Sessional Meeting on Security of and in the Use of Information and Communications Technologies (ARF ISM on ICTs) as a dedicated worldwide forum for advancing cyber cooperation among member states.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the best signal North Korea could give that it's prepared for negotiations with the U.S. would be to halt its missile launches.

Singh said that the silver jubilee of the dialogue partnership is being celebrated through a broad range of governmental, business, diaspora, cultural and civil society interactions in India, as also in ASEAN nations, culminating in a special ASEAN India Commemorative Summit, which "would be an affirmation of our shared quest for prosperity, stability and security".

China, its biggest trade partner and the closet ally, and Russian Federation joined the USA and other countries in adopting the latest UNSC resolution.

The potential meetings come as the North faces intense global pressure to curtail its nuclear weapons programme, AFP reported.

After weeks of USA frustration over China's reluctance to take action, Trump's strategy of relying on Beijing's help showed early signs of paying off.

The diplomatic olive branch came as the isolated regime faces increasing global pressure following its second intercontinental ballistic missile test on July 28, with the United Nations Security Council set to vote this weekend on new sanctions.

"One is how to push for your national interest, but in the context of regional stability of Asean".

"This is to show that ASEAN is serious about North Korea's nuclear tests", one the sources said.

The statement described the countries that supported the measures as being "scared by the USA threat of sanctions", pledging "physical action" and a "substantial action of justice" by the North Korean military and people. (Mr. Ri, do you have plans to meet with Minister Kang Kyung-wha?) "We have no plans to meet her".

Singapore's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, said on Sunday it was premature to conclude the outcome of the negotiations, but added: "Surely when we move into the COC, it has got to have some additional or significant legal effect".

This weekend, the city played host to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting, but every trace of enthusiasm for the ruling was gone. Kang is thanking the USA for consulting with South Korea on the sanctions.

During the discussion, Wang Yi initiated three steps for ASEAN foreign ministers regarding further implementation of the COC.

Susan Thornton is the top USA diplomat for Asia.

North Korea, which has maintained close relations with ASEAN, had earlier sought support from ASEAN countries in its row with the U.S. to prevent a "nuclear holocaust".

Perhaps even more important, President Trump renounced the TPP. In April, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the Philippines will push for the "substantial conclusion" of the RCEP that will expand the Asean market from 600 million people to 3.5 billion by year-end.

But in recent days, the two powers have started to paper over some of those differences. Trump has held off, for now, on the trade actions.

In a midday conclave on Sunday with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha of South Korea, Tillerson hailed in his typically understated fashion the United Nations vote, which could cost North Korea almost $1 billion a year, or about one-third of its foreign earnings.

The sanctions resolution approved Saturday bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Sunday reiterated their adherence to strengthening bilateral cooperation and mutual support regardless of the changing situation in the world, Wang said. "So I think their - again, their support for the Security Council resolution itself I think also sends a message. It is also China".

Tillerson is offering his most specific outline to date of what preconditions the US has for talks with Pyongyang. "We will appreciate not being told what to do".

Information for this article was contributed by Josh Lederman of The Associated Press.

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