Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

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North Korea said it will launch "thousands-fold" revenge against the United States over the adoption of tough UN sanctions imposed after its intercontinental ballistic launches.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham on Tuesday said that President Trump was considering military action against North Korea, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "should not" sleep easily at night.

It says the United Nations sanctions will never force the country to negotiate over its nuclear program or to give up its nuclear drive. It also bans new joint ventures with North Korea.

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During their 56-minute conversation, Trump also expressed interest in Seoul's recent offer for Pyongyang to hold inter-Korean dialogue, according to Park.

China and Russian Federation both still met with the North Korean delegations on the sidelines though - a slight snub to the American campaign -- although China did take a rare step to publicly warn North Korea of further missile or nuclear tests.

The South's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha had a brief encounter with her Northern counterpart Ri Yong-Ho ahead of an ASEAN Regional Forum dinner on Sunday, Yonhap said. "If it believes it is only North Korea, rather than the US and South Korea as well, to blame for the nuclear issue, this ill-fitting mindset will not help solve the crisis", the strongly nationalist publication said, adding that "the USA should aim for peace and co-existence rather than geopolitical dominance".

But Ri retorted: "Given the current situation in which the South collaborates with the United States to heap pressure on the North, such proposals lacked sincerity", the unnamed official was quoted as saying. And Mr. Trump himself described the call on Twitter, praising a weekend vote by the United Nations in favor of sanctions against North Korea.

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Six hours after the launch, the allies conducted another round of combined ballistic missile drills early last Saturday in a show of firepower against North Korea. "Sanctions are needed but sanctions are not the final goal", Wang said.

Chinese exports of iron ore to North Korea increased 60 per cent in the first half of 2017, jumping shortly after United Nations sanctions on coal took effect in February.

"It will help the DPRK to make the right and smart decision", Wang told reporters, speaking through a translator, after talks with Ri - referring to the sanctions and to Ri's presence in Manila.

It was the first time cabinet-level officials from the two Koreas had met since Moon - who urges engagement with the North as well as sanctions to bring it to the negotiating table - took power in May.

The Trump administration cautiously embraced China's apparent newfound cooperation, saying that the USA would be watching closely to ensure it didn't ease up on North Korea if and when the world's attention is diverted elsewhere.

The U.S. has rejected both proposals, although Tillerson said last week the U.S. was willing to talk with Pyongyang - if the North agrees to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons.

The Chinese envoy also urged the US and South Korea not to increase tensions, saying that the situation was at a "critical point", but also a juncture at which talks could be resumed.

Such belligerent but empty threats play directly into Washington's hands as it exploits the crisis on the Korean Peninsula to accelerate its military build-up in the Asia Pacific aimed not primarily against North Korea, but rather against China, which the United States regards as the main challenge to its regional and global dominance.

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