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13 August 2017, 09:05 | Terri Saunders
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The UN Security Council on Saturday imposed its toughest round of sanctions yet against Pyongyang over its two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.
Asked about whether the latest round of sanctions against Pyongyang will have the desired effect, given North Korea's race toward nuclear development and the time it takes for sanctions to kick in, Tillerson said that "when do these actually have a practical bite on their revenues. the more important element of that is just the message that this sends to North Korea of how unacceptable the entire worldwide community finds what they're doing to be". He says the North is "ready to teach the US a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force".
The White House later issued a statement saying the two leaders were "committed" to the sanctions and urged other nations to follow suit to combat the "grave and growing direct threat" North Korea poses to the "United States, South Korea, and Japan, as well as to most countries around the world".
Tillerson says, "We'll know it when we see it".
In a transcript of a statement by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, which was distributed to media in Manila, Pyongyang called new United Nations sanctions "fabricated" and warned there would be "strong follow-up measures" and acts of justice.
The US fears North Korea may one day use its missiles to deliver a nuclear payload to its west coast.
China's new-found cooperation came after the UN Security Council on August 5 imposed sweeping new sanctions on North Korea.
Last month, North Korea tested two ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.
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The U.S. -sponsored sanctions approved unanimously Saturday by the U.N. Security Council target already-meager North Korean exports such as coal, iron, lead and seafood, as well as revenue streams such as foreign joint ventures.
However, Tillerson is expected to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang, who are both perceived by Washington to be players in the North Korean issue. He says the only way that would change is if another country joined in an American action against North Korea.
Within the framework of the resolution, the United Nations members would not be available to open joint ventures or cooperative entities with North Korean entities or individuals, as well as not to increase the number of North Korean workers already engaged in the projects on the territories of the member states.
Indeed, the US was floating a proposal to temporarily kick North Korea out of the 27-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum, although other member nations are divided about that idea.
"(The ARF) was a venue where North Korea could keenly feel how isolated its diplomatic position is. Kang is thanking the USA for consulting with South Korea on the sanctions.
Susan Thornton is the top US diplomat for Asia.
"Do not violate the U.N.'s decision or provoke worldwide society's goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests", Wang said he told North Korea's Ri.
The meeting comes as the USA and Asian nations join together to try to step up Pyongyang's economic and diplomatic isolation.
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His visit came the day after President Trump said North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" in the event of a nuclear attack. Tensions have escalated rapidly in recent weeks after North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.
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