Published: Thu, May 04, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

United States working on new N.Korea sanctions: Tillerson

United States working on new N.Korea sanctions: Tillerson

Chinese state-run media have called for harsher sanctions against the North in the event of a fresh atomic test, urged Pyongyang to "avoid making mistakes", and spoken of the need for it to abandon its nuclear programmes. The picture above from 2013 shows leader Kim Jong Un ordering strategic rocket forces to be on standby to strike United States and South Korean targets at any time.

Tillerson called on countries all over the world to implement existing United Nations sanctions on North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programmes, adding that the USA administration would be willing to use secondary sanctions to target foreign companies that continue to do business with Pyongyang.

". he was intercepted for committing criminal acts of hostility aimed to overturn (North Korea) not only in the past but also during his last stay before interception", KCNA said.

A commentary carried by North Korea's KCNA news agency referred to recent commentaries in China's People's Daily and Global Times newspapers, which it said were "widely known as media speaking for the official stand of the Chinese party and government".

The U.S. State Department had no comment Wednesday on Kim's detention, citing privacy concerns.

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This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed. North Korea issued a rare direct criticism of China Wednesday, May 3, through a commentary saying its “reckless remarks” on the Norths nuclear program are testing its patience and could trigger unspecified “grave” consequences.

"We are exploring options for a response to this series of provocations with our Security Council colleagues", the spokesman said.

Tillerson said the Trump administration had been "leaning hard into China.to test their willingness to use their influence, their engagement with the regime".

It said North Korea's nuclear program was needed for the "existence and development" of the country and "can never be changed nor shaken". The US, concerned by North Korea's rapidly-developing missile and military nuclear programs, has sent a strike force to the peninsula.

The city of 600,000 people, just about 100 km (60 miles) from the border with North Korea, is home to thousands of North Koreans who mainly work on construction or do home renovations. It opened less than a decade ago and is unique for its large number of foreign staff.

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Tillerson said China has reaffirmed support for a "denuclearised" Korean peninsula but that Washington would test their commitment to help rein in their neighbour by "leaning into them hard".

A nuclear test has yet to happen, but North Korea's failed ballistic missile launch last week marked the hermit state's latest show of defiance.

He is now the third American being detained in North Korea.

North Korean state media have issued a stinging denunciation of the country's chief ally and diplomatic backer China, saying Beijing should be grateful for its protection.

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