Andrew Hammond: N.Korea could be Trump's first major foreign crisis
Aug 12 2017 by Desiree Burns
Tillerson is in Manila for a meeting of the 10-nation ASEAN regional bloc, but all eyes will be on his one-on-one talks with his counterparts from Washington's great power rivals, Russian Federation and China.
North Korea argues that its nuclear and missile programs are only aimed at deterring an eventual invasion from the USA, a country with which the regime has been technically at war for more than 60 years.
Kang is echoing Tillerson's praise for the sanctions approved Saturday by the U.N. Security Council. That means asking countries to "enforce the UN Security Council resolutions" and "to drastically reduce their interactions with Pyongyang".
When CBS News visited North Korea in the spring, we watched as Kim unveil a massive new neighborhood of shimmering high rises; his way of showing the world that six previous rounds of United Nations sanctions over more than a decade have not worked. "Very big financial impact!"
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged North Korea to act "smart", following the imposition of harsh sanctions on Pyongyang by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which includes North Korean ally Beijing.
Susan Thornton is the top USA diplomat for Asia.
Washington and its allies "should not forget that we are ready to ruthlessly take strategic measures involving physical actions by fully mobilizing our national power", a spokesperson for the North Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee said in a statement published by the official news agency KCNA.
China appreciated comments earlier this month by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the United States was not seeking to topple the North Korean government and would like dialogue with Pyongyang at some point, Wang added.
Seoul: Response will be strong if N. Korea acts
A separate statement by the Korean People's Army (KPA) also threatened to turn Seoul into "a sea of fire", comments condemned yesterday as "thoughtless" by South Korean military officials.
Will North Korea take China and United States "right to the brink"?
The national airline, Air Koryo, now only flies to cities in China and Russian Federation after other Asian nations and Kuwait dropped flights a year ago.
Despite tweeting last week that the USA was "done talking" about North Korea, Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley also emphasized in her speech Saturday that, "we want only security and prosperity for all nations-including North Korea". It said that was the most reasonable way to ease tensions and create conditions for new talks.
Kang Kyung-wha, center, and ASEAN foreign ministers in Manila on August 6. Aside from military force, scenarios range from a new round of peace talks at the dovish end of the spectrum, to more hawkish actions like interdicting ships suspected of selling North Korea weapons overseas, one of the regime's key sources of income.
"It's really good that we have a resolution, but the next step is making sure that all of these areas, all of the loopholes, all of the areas that have been called out, get fixed one by one", Ruggiero says.
Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho also says that his country has no intention of using nuclear weapons against any country "except the U.S".
North Korea is likely to continue pursuing ballistic missile tests at its current pace of about every three to four weeks despite the sanctions, according to John Park, director of the Korea Working Group at Harvard Kennedy School. On Monday, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles in an apparent protest against ongoing U.S.
They also promised to strengthen their communications to better respond to the North's nuclear threats.