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Hours after the United Nations Security Council agreed on fresh sanctions, China’s foreign minister has told his North Korean counterpart that Pyongyang should stop carrying out nuclear and missile tests.
Wang Yi said he urged Ri Yong-ho in a meeting on Sunday in the Philippines to abide by UN resolutions. Yet, he did not reveal how Mr Ri replied.
The resolution that was passed unanimously on Saturday banned North Korean exports and limited investments in the country.
Mr Wang stated that sanctions were needed, but “are not the final goal”, and he urged dialogue. He said he told North Korea not to provoke the international community with its tests, and to remain calm.
The Chinese envoy also asked the US and South Korea to decrease tensions, saying that the situation was at a “critical point”, but also a chance at which talks could be resumed.
US envoy said to the UN Nikki Haley earlier North Korea was facing “the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation”.
Aِِs Pyongyang finished testing two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, it claimed that it now have the ability to hit the US.
However, experts doubt the missiles can hit their targets.
Japan, US, and South Korea condemned the tests, and prompted the drafting of the new UN sanctions.
China, a veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council is North Korea’s only international ally, voted in favor of the resolution after negotiations with the US that Ms Haley said were “tough”.
Beijing has often saved Pyongyang from harmful resolutions in the past,
Although the US has also criticized Russia for its economic links with North Korea, has voted for the sanctions.
Top diplomats including US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are gathered for a regional forum under the aegis of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in the Philippines’ capital, Manila.
North Korea’s nuclear programme is expected to be a major issue but Mr Tillerson and the North Korean representative are not going to meet any time soon.
Mr Tillerson said the sanctions were a “good outcome”, as he sat down for talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.
US President Donald Trump tweeted to say the sanctions would cost the North more than $1bn.
The export of coal, ore and other raw materials to China is one of North Korea’s few sources of cash. Estimates say that North Korea exports about $3bn worth of goods each year – and the sanctions could eliminate $1bn of that trade.
But China’s participation will be key and top US diplomats say they will be keeping a close eye on Beijing to make sure it consistently abides by the sanctions, the Associated Press reports.