Monday, 18 December, 2017

Chinese FM: China Will Implement UN Sanction Despite Hefty Price

Chinese FM: China Will Implement UN Sanction Despite Hefty Price Chinese FM: China Will Implement UN Sanction Despite Hefty Price
Melinda Barton | 13 August, 2017, 21:07

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano admitted that he had sought to exclude from the joint ministerial statement of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) wordings shunned by China, just to ensure the process of engagement does not stall.

ASEAN has affirmed and promoted its central role in addressing regional and global issues via peaceful measures and dialogues in line with worldwide law, he stressed.

North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States, and has ignored global calls to halt its nuclear and missile programmes.

And the editorial itself sounded a resigned note about what will happen now that the sanctions have been passed: "Judging from past experience, the North Korean side will prepare a tough response to the resolution, and the US, Japan, and other countries will use the chance to conduct military activities, which will directly cause the situation to escalate".

Sokhonn attempted to equate the drafting of joint statements to making soup, where he said each country would like to add their own "ingredients" but that in the end the soup had to be palatable to all ASEAN member states.

"There is no bigger mistake than the United States believing that its land is safe across the ocean", North Korean state media said.

In the joint statement issued after a trilateral meeting in Manila, the 3 foreign ministers "called on China and the Philippines to abide by the Arbitral Tribunal's 2016 Award in the Philippines-China arbitration, as it is final and legally binding on both parties".

North Korea on Monday threatened to retaliate a "thousand-fold" against the United States over the UN sanctions.

China is ready to bring greater closeness to the China-Asean Community of Shared Destiny to make it an example within the Asian Community of Shared Destiny, President Xi Jinping said. "We're going forward", he said. It also prohibits countries from increasing the numbers of North Korean labourers now working overseas, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures.

Ri said that the North has demonstrated to the world its significantly improved missile capability through the recent missile tests, who he said is a "stern warning" to the US.

He, meanwhile, said South Korea and Japan are "blindly" following the U.S., suggesting that the North has little interest in having talks with those countries.

Lavrov told reporters that he believed the United States would continue a dialogue with Russian Federation despite what both sides have described as the worst tensions since the Cold War ended.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (6th L) attends the signing ceremony of the amended version of the Memorandum of Understanding on Establishing China-ASEAN Center in Manila, the Philippines, Aug. 6, 2017.

The Philippines also avoided a pointed reference to the 2016 United Nations arbitral ruling that favored Manila over China. Wang also showed respect to Taro Kono's father Yohei Kono, describing the former politician as a statesman who devoted himself to improving China-Japan relations.

One of the concerns raised during the discussion was the recurring missile tests conducted by North Korea.