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Japan's Foreign Ministry Urges ASEAN to Increase Pressure on N Korea

09 Agosto 2017

President Trump meanwhile, is at his private golf resort in New Jersey for a 17-day vacation, but held discussions with his top aides and cabinet members regarding North Korea.

"We call on all sides to take a responsible attitude when making judgment and taking actions..."

Foreign Minister Taro Kono and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had every reason to press for the creation of an effective code of conduct at meetings with the ASEAN foreign ministers.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says he urged his North Korean counterpart to abide by United Nations resolutions and stop provoking "the global community's goodwill" with missile launches and nuclear tests. The resolution includes a complete ban on the North's exports of coal, a major source of money needed to advance its weapons program.

"We actually had very thorough talks", Wang said afterwards.

"Kang also called on the North to forgo its nuclear program as soon as possible and come out to the road toward peace and prosperity", it added, noting that the South is ready to provide a "bright future" in cooperation with the global community for Pyongyang should it make a "right" choice.

Still, Thornton says China's vote for the sanctions is a good step that shows Beijing understands the gravity of the problem.

Manila: A scheduled meeting between the foreign ministers of China and Vietnam was cancelled on the sidelines of a regional gathering, Chinese embassy officials said, amid growing tension between the two countries over the South China Sea.

Ri was spotted at the gala smiling and toasting with the other foreign ministers.

It can not be overlooked that China is making headway in its attempt to undermine ASEAN unity against the backdrop of its economic and military strength.

Wang said the two had an intensive conversation during which China urged North Korea to maintain calm.

Manila: The United States, Australia and Japan on Monday denounced Beijing's island-building and militarisation of the South China Sea, in contrast to the increasingly tepid response from Southeast Asian nations over the festering issue.

"This is now the most realistic and plausible initiative and it is the most reasonable and friendly solution", he said.

China insists that a much-delayed code of conduct between it and ASEAN members over the disputed sea must not be legally binding, a demand to which Southeast Asian countries have so far acquiesced.

Cayetano, as Chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), was tasked by his colleagues with conveying the regional bloc's position.

China is sensitive to even a veiled reference by Asean to its construction and arming of artificial islands. The Trump administration is cautiously embracing China's apparent newfound cooperation.

Japan's Foreign Ministry Urges ASEAN to Increase Pressure on N Korea