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Aust, US urge world to pressure N Korea

10 Août 2017

They cited the most recent testing by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) on July 4 and 28 and previous ballistic missile launches and two nuclear tests in 2016. "We adopted the Framework of the Code of Conduct (CPC) and tasked senior officials of ASEAN and China to start consultations and negotiations on the COC at the earliest opportunity", the current ASEAN Chairman's opening statement reads, a copy of which was distributed to the local and worldwide media.

Tillerson says talks could resume if the tests cease.

The statement from North Korea comes at a time when Pyongyang is showing no sign of interest in cooperating with Seoul or responding to invitations to civic-level engagement.

Cayetano said the joint communiqué is a "negotiated document" agreed by all member states. He's not specifying what those are.

As a hard-won result achieved through the joint efforts of the two sides to reach an agreement, the document mirrors the shared commitment to build peace and stability in the waters demonstrated by China and the ASEAN countries recently.

Foreign ministers and representatives of ARF participants "urged the DPRK to immediately comply fully with its obligations under relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions".

The "Global Times", meanwhile, was more direct in its editorial, which was titled: "US needs to curb moral arrogance over North Korea". In this case, the slightly tougher stance may have been driven in part by the United States.

However, North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong-Ho told his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-Wha that the offer "lacks sincerity", South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

Ri was spotted at the gala smiling and toasting with the other foreign ministers. "It's not just targeted at North Korea".

China is the North's economic lifeline. A North Korean delegate accompanying Ri earlier said that there are "no such plans". She says the US rejects any "moral equivalency" implied by that proposal.

The foreign ministers of ASEAN's 10-member states issued a statement last Saturday reiterating their "grave concern over the escalation of tensions" on the Korean Peninsula.

In response, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano also told ASEAN journalists that China is playing a very positive role in the region because China's growing economy has fuelled the tourism industry in Southeast Asia.

Wang said the two had an intensive conversation during which China urged North Korea to maintain calm. "And we hope, again, that this ultimately will result in North Korea coming to the conclusion to choose a different pathway, and when the conditions are right that we can sit and have a dialogue around the future of North Korea so that they feel secure and prosper economically". Tensions flared alarmingly in recent years over China's island-building works in one of the most-contested regions, where USA naval and aerial "freedom of navigation" patrols have challenged China's claims. President Donald Trump discussed the possibility of a carrier visit with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc when they met at the White House in May.

So the next steps obviously are to see that the Security Council resolution sanctions are enforced by everyone.

LISA DESJARDINS: To new sanctions, North Korea today reacted with its own threat.

The Chinese certainly seem happy with the situation, with Foreign Minister Wang Yi touting the framework as a diplomatic coup and a sign of "really tangible progress" on the dispute.

The U.S. led crackdown is bolstered by new United Nations resolution for more sanctions, leaving North Korea more isolated than ever.

Aust, US urge world to pressure N Korea