N.Korea rejects S.Korea group's offer for malaria help
Jun 06 2017 by Kathy Alvarado
It was the seventh resolution the Security Council has adopted to impose sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs since its first nuclear test in 2006.
He said China and other regional partners should "step up" efforts to help solve the North Korea situation, because it presents a threat to the "entire world".
Various religious leaders from North and South Korea met in Beijing and chose to further extend their dialogue by meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea this month.
Pyongyang on Monday test-fired another rocket, the latest in a series of launches and atomic tests that have ratcheted up tensions over its quest to develop weapons capable of hitting the United States - something Trump has said "won't happen".
China rejects the suggestion that the job of reining in North Korea rests with it alone.
China's claims in the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year, are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Tillerson insisted Washington wanted a productive relationship with Beijing, but said China must pull its weight on important diplomatic issues.
"But we can not allow China to use its economic power to buy its way out of other problems, whether it's militarising islands in the South China Sea or failing to put appropriate pressure on North Korea". He Lei, the head of Beijing's delegation, told reporters.
Overall, Mattis' speech struck a positive, hopeful tone for cooperation and peace in the Asia-Pacific region, where he and his predecessors have made it a priority to nurture and strengthen alliances and partnerships.
"In the security arena, we have a deep and abiding commitment to reinforcing the rules-based global order, a product of so many nations' efforts to create stability", Mattis said in Singapore at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a major defence summit for countries from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. He added, however, that countries must "contribute sufficiently to their own security".
Mattis said the United States welcomed China's economic development, but he anticipated "friction" between the two countries. Moon's government has said it will evaluate expanding civilian exchanges with North Korea, while sternly dealing with its missile and other weapons tests. "We can not and will not accept unilateral, coercive changes to the status quo".
He said that China calls for the full implementation of Security Council resolutions related to the DPRK and reaching a settlement on the nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiations.
China on Sunday responded by reasserting its claim to sovereignty over the Spratly island group in the South China Sea and denouncing Mattis' comments as "irresponsible".