Bolstered by UN, nations step up bid to isolate North Korea

China calls for halt to US THAAD deployment in S.Korea

Saturday's United Nations resolution banned exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore as well as fish and seafood by the cash-starved state. The ministers traditionally issue a communique containing their diverse concerns, and their issuance of a separate statement on North Korea's missile tests and nuclear weapons program reflects their deep worries about the issue.

He urged the North to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The ASEAN conference also addressed other issues of regional concern.

Washington has asked countries, including the ASEAN member states, to help isolate North Korea diplomatically to force it to stop provocative acts.

U.S. envoy to the UN Nikki Haley earlier said North Korea was facing "the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation".

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

They were encouraged by the conclusion and adoption of the framework of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, which will "facilitate the work for the conclusion of an effective COC on a mutually-agreed timeline".

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, after meeting with North Korea's top diplomat during an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathering here in the Philippine capital, said the situation on the Korean Peninsula is critical. Mr Wang said his meeting with Dr Balakrishnan - their fifth official one in the last eight months - went "very well".

The foreign ministers shared viewpoints on a free trade deal involving the 10 ASEAN members and the three partners along with Australia, New Zealand and India, as well as on infrastructure and marine security in the region.

The framework was completed last May in Guiyang, China, marking a significant development in the 15-year process of drafting a legally binding code for claimants in the disputed waters.

Even as they celebrate a diplomatic victory in persuading China and Russian Federation to sign on to cutting new sanctions, the USA and other countries are deeply concerned that failure to rigorously enforce them could significantly blunt their impact.

Third, the leaders of ASEAN and China are expected to announce the formal start of negotiations of the COC at the summit in November.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on the sidelines of a series of ASEAN foreign ministers' meetings, in Manila, the Philippines, Aug. 6, 2017. "While these mega-cities (which have a population of more than five million) are indeed important consumer markets, they do not dominate consumer demand", said the report.

"ASEAN and China will continue to cooperate on such practical maritime cooperation efforts, including management and prevention of conflicts through confidence building measures as well as to prevent miscalculations on the ground", Bolivar told reporters during a media briefing on the outcomes of the ASEAN post-ministerial meetings.

Based on the "Agenda Item 5" document, the foreign ministers will be given a list of proposals that did not make the final draft of the Framework-COC for further discussion.

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