S. Korea, US, Japan vow to fully implement new NK sanctions

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The three top diplomats are in Manila to attend annual ASEAN meetings including the ASEAN Regional Forum. The South Korean envoy held a rare but brief meeting in Manila with North Korea's top diplomat, who also spoke by phone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who had discussed the sanctions with Tillerson a day before.

Tillerson met his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on the sidelines of the ASEAN event in Manila on Sunday, where he also asked about Moscow's retaliation to new US sanctions against Russia.

The foreign ministers exchanged views on a free trade agreement including the 13 nations, Australia, New Zealand and India, as well as infrastructure and maritime order in the region, a Japanese government official said.

"But I think the world is also expressing a view to China and Russian Federation that we do have an expectation that you will do everything you possibly can to help North Korea understand the reality of the future as well and bring them to the negotiating table". Alongside its ritual ballistic missile tests, North Korea has conducted nuclear tests on five occasions, two of which in 2016.

The United States says it will be watching China closely to ensure it fully and continuously implements new U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

"The United Nations Security Council Resolution 2371 was created under forceful USA demand, and violates the right of self-determination, right to existence".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

"If we consider traditional economic relations between China and North Korea, it is China that will have to pay most of the price for implementation of the latest resolution", Russia Today quoted Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, as saying at the ASEAN Forum in Manila.

Wang said the two had an intensive conversation during which China urged North Korea to maintain calm.

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North Korea reacted angrily, vowing to bolster its arsenal and mount revenge against the United States.

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Speaking in NY after the Security Council adopted the new resolution Saturday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley stressed that the joint drills would not stop. He says he told Ri "do not violate the United Nations decision or provoke the global community's goodwill by conducting missile launches or nuclear tests".

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.

China, the North's principal ally and economic lifeline, agreed to fully implement the latest round of sanctions, which will slash around $1 billion (850 million euro), or roughly one-third, of the reclusive state's export revenue.

North Korea, meanwhile, threatened a "thousands-fold" act of revenge against the United States on Monday for the UN sanctions passed Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

Robespierre Bolivar, spokesman for the Philippine foreign ministry, said the statement was "consistent" with the regional bloc's position on the Korean Peninsula. Beforehand, he had called at the Security Council for countries to cut diplomatic and financial ties with Pyongyang.

"They're nearly going from sanctions to embargo and really trying to slam the North Korean economy", Delury said. And while North Korea has been under sanctions since 2006, that's never deterred buyers - until maybe now.

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