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China urges North Korea to end missile tests as US praises fresh economic sanctions

07:08 EDT 6 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

China urges North Korea to end missile tests as US praises fresh economic sanctionsChina has urged North Korea to end missile tests, a rare warning from its traditional diplomatic ally after the UN imposed its strongest sanctions in a generation on the rogue regime. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the demand during a meeting he held with Ri Yong-ho, North Korea's top diplomat, at a regional political gathering in the Philippines. Mr Wang did not say how Mr Ri responded during their talks on Sunday, a day after a UN unanimously passed a resolution banning North Korean exports and limiting investments in the nuclear armed state. North Korea has been warned not to provoke the international community Credit: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo The Chinese diplomat said he urged Mr Ri: "Do not violate the UN's decision or provoke the international community's goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests.” Mr Wang also told reporters that "sanctions are needed, but they are not the ultimate goal” as he spoke on the sidelines of the Regional Forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).  He also warned that that the new sanctions would result in the North Korean nuclear issue entering “a very critical phase.” North Korea claim 'missile can reach all of U.S.' 01:05 “We urge all parties to judge and act with responsibility in order to prevent tensions from escalating,” he said, according to China’s national broadcaster CGTN. "The goal is to pull the nuclear issue back to the negotiating table and seek a way out through talks until denuclearisation and peace are achieved on the peninsula." The new sanctions could slash by a third the North Korea’s $3 billion annual export revenue. It bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood and prohibits countries from hiring additional North Korean labourers. North Korea's nuclear history: key moments US President Donald Trump praised the resolution as “the single largest economic sanctions package ever on North Korea” in a Tweet. He also hailed the fact that the resolution was approved unanimously, meaning that China and Russia abandoned their traditional support for North Korea. “China and Russia voted with us,” he said. “Very big financial impact!” China is North Korea's only diplomatic backer and its key economic lifeline, but it has strong concerns over Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. Beijing also fears the collapse of its neighbour and the potential flooding of millions of refugees into China's north-eastern provinces. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks to media during the Association of South East Asian Nations Credit: EPA/ROUELLE UMALI / POOL Officials also worry that US troops could be stationed on China's border following any potential change of regime in Pyongyang. Mr Trump expressed his frustration that China was not doing enough to pressure North Korea in recent weeks, while there has been suggestions that the US may seek to punish Beijing over trade practices as a means of showing dissatisfaction. Accusations that China had not done enough were heavily criticised by Chinese media and officials. The Trump administration has been pushing for greater economic pressure on North Korea Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria But Mr Trump's administration has been praising the rare united show of force between Beijing, Washington and other global powers at the UN. "It was a good outcome," US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said as he met with South Korea's top diplomat in Manila. It is thought highly unlikely that Mr Tillerson will hold talks with Mr Ri in the Philippines, but could meet him inside one of the meetings. Tensions have escalated on the Korean peninsula after Pyongyang carried out two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. Some experts believe Kim Jong-un's regime now has the capability to reach the US mainland.


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