UN Security Council adds sanctions against North Korea

  • UN Security Council adds sanctions against North Korea

UN Security Council adds sanctions against North Korea

Also in May, Pyongyang announced that it had successfully tested the Pukguksong-2 intermediate range ballistic missile after a projectile was detected landing in global waters off Japan's east coast.

The comments by Mattis, during the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, show how US President Donald Trump's administration is looking to balance working with China to restrain North Korea's advancing missile and nuclear programmes while dealing with Beijing's activities in the South China Sea.

"North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them is not new, but the regime has increased the pace and scope of its efforts", said Mattis.

Previously it was thought that China would only consider new sanctions on Pyongyang if North Korea conducted a long-range missile launch or another nuclear test.

"Today's resolution contains one annex with the list of the 14 individuals who are now subject to travel ban and asset freeze and a second annex with the list of the four entities subject to asset freeze", Friday's statement says.

- The U.S. will not accept China's militarisation of man-made islands in the South China Sea, Defence Secretary James Mattis has warned, BBC News reports. He said, United States can not and will not accept unilateral, coercive changes to the status quo.

Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, a spokesman for Mattis, said in a statement that the secretary and the prime minister reaffirmed the "excellent and long-standing" bilateral defense relationship between the United States and Singapore, as underscored by the 1990 memorandum of understanding, the 2005 strategic framework agreement and the 2015 enhanced defense cooperation agreement. "The longstanding alliance between the USA and Japan contributes to the peace and stability in the region".

Defense Secretary James Mattis reaffirmed USA commitment to the Asian-Pacific region Saturday "based on strategic interests and on shared values".

"While competition between the United States and China, the world's two largest economies, is bound to occur, conflict is not inevitable", he said. -China relations but added the two countries must "cooperate for mutual benefit".

"On May 29, the USA imperialists committed a grave military provocation by letting a formation of infamous B-1B nuclear strategic bombers fly over south Korea once again to stage a nuclear bomb dropping drill", said a statement from North Korea's state-run media outlet KCNA. But it differs from the U.S. and its allies on how to rein in the North's rapidly escalating nuclear and ballistic missile program. "We must stand shoulder to shoulder to intensify pressure on North Korea".

Still, the tests have been frequent enough to leave USA officials wary.

Mattis called North Korea an "urgent military threat".

The new sanctions come after Pyongyang repeatedly defied a United Nations resolution banning all nuclear and missile tests, conducting numerous tests already this year.

In opening remarks, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expressed disappointment over Trump's recent withdrawals from both the Paris Climate Accord and the Trans Pacific Partnership - a multilateral trade deal that was supposed to bind the United States economically with 12 other Asian nations.