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New UN sanctions trigger sharp warning from North Korea

New UN sanctions trigger sharp warning from North Korea

South Korea and Japan need to communicate more often in the face of missile and nuclear program of Pyongyang, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said.

The U.S. led crackdown is bolstered by new United Nations resolution for more sanctions, leaving North Korea more isolated than ever.

Nicholas Burns, a former US ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and undersecretary of state for political affairs during the George W. Bush administration, told CBS New on Monday that it is "unlikely" the sanctions will work in the end, because of the huge value the Kim regime puts on its nuclear and weapons programs.

North Korea is barred under United Nations resolutions from any use of ballistic missile technology but six sets of United Nations sanctions since Pyongyang's first nuclear test in 2006 have failed to halt its drive for what it insists are defensive weapons.

The latest United Nations resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. The UN sanctions will slash North Korea's export revenue of $3 billion by more than a third. Trump's administration has threatened military action if necessary to stop North Korea from obtaining an intercontinental ballistic missile that can strike the US with a nuclear weapon.

The White House said the two leaders "affirmed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat" to most countries around the world.

"This was a victory for the Trump administration, to see these sanctions, to convince China and Russian Federation to join, but the North Koreans prize above all else the possession of these nuclear weapons", Burns said on "CBS This Morning". With the USA homeland looking vulnerable, Donald Trump could soon be facing into his first major foreign crisis, possibly requiring him to make big decisions soon on how to tackle Pyongyang's provocations.

Another big thing the sanctions don't address is the oil that China exports to North Korea. "North Korea would use the talk as a bargaining chip with the USA, as their goal is to have dialogue with Washington, not Seoul".

"If we consider traditional economic relations between China and North Korea, it is China that will have to pay most of the price for implementation of the latest resolution", Russia Today quoted Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, as saying at the ASEAN Forum in Manila.

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BANG KWANG HYUK, Spokesman, North Korean Delegation (through interpreter): We affirmed that we will never place our nuclear and ballistic missiles program on the negotiating table and won't budge an inch on strengthening nuclear armament.

China "hopes North Korea can echo this signal from the United States", Wang added.

"It's a positive but very small step, and can at least help the two Koreas exchange some views on the current state of affairs", Kim Jin-ho, a professor of political science at Dankook University in South Korea, said of the meeting between foreign ministers.

Joint discussions between six nations - China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Russia and the USA - collapsed in 2009.

Washington and its allies "should not forget that we are ready to ruthlessly take strategic measures involving physical actions by fully mobilizing our national power", a spokesperson for the North Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee said in a statement published by the official news agency KCNA.

In this image made from video released by KRT on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, North Korea launches four missiles in an undisclosed location North Korea.

The forum brought together 27 countries to discuss security issues, including the U.S., China, Japan, Russia and North and South Korea, along with the 10 members of ASEAN.

China supplies the regime with roughly 500,000 tons of crude oil annually, according to South Korean data. "We warn North Korea not to test or misunderstand the will of the South Korea-U.S. alliance".