Japan says time for "effective pressure" on North Korea, not dialogue


North Korea announced it had conducted its second successful test of the weapons in July, and that test, they say, proved the us mainland is in striking distance.

Wang welcomed Ri's presence, saying the gathering would allow him to "hear voices from other sides". Tillerson has no plans to sit down with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho at the event. "Sanctions are needed but sanctions are not the final goal", he said.

Ambassador Nikki R. Haley of the United States, which introduced the resolution, said its adoption by all 15 council members signified what she called "a strong, united step toward holding North Korea accountable for its behavior".

The country has carried out 14 tests this year alone, defying a United Nations ban, and what's known as intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests signal a ramping up the country's efforts.

Although severe, the new measures do not provide for the cuts to oil deliveries to North Korea that were initially proposed by the United States.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday praised the approval of new United Nations sanctions agreed a day earlier, calling the move a "very good outcome".

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The members of the Security Council reiterated their demand that North Korea should return to the six-party talks with an objective of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

Beijing has often protected Pyongyang from harmful resolutions in the past.

"The aim is to bring the peninsula nuclear issue back to the negotiating table and seek a solution through negotiations until the denuclearisation of the peninsula and the stability of the peninsula are achieved", Mr Wang said.

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But critics say the do not go far enough since China and Russian Federation resisted an embargo on North Korea's crude oil imports.

If implemented by all countries, the ban would strip Pyongyang of roughly a third of its export earnings estimated at 3 billion per year, according to a diplomat familiar with the negotiations.

Joseph DeThomas, a former State Department official who worked as an adviser on Iran sanctions and on previous rounds of North Korea sanctions, said freezing foreign labor would be hard to enforce.

"We want to make sure China is continuing to implement fully the sanctions regime", said Susan Thornton, the top U.S. diplomat for Asia.

In the article titled "North Korea should reverse its policy", the mouthpiece newspaper for the regime said, "Besides completely dumping its frayed hostile policy toward North Korea, the only choice for the U.S. is self-destruction".

The sanctions will undoubtedly hurt the already-isolated North Korean economy.

North Korea has accused the US and South Korea of escalating tensions by conducting military drills.

The UN resolution condemned North Korea for the "massive diversion of its scare resources" towards developing nuclear weapons, noting UN findings that well over half of its population was facing lack of food and medical care.

"The United States has been loud about it, now the global community has been loud and North Korea now has to respond", she said.