“If it believes it is only North Korea rather than the US and South Korea as well to blame for the nuclear issue, this ill-fitting mindset will not help solve the crisis”, it said.
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.
Stop testing missiles for an “extended period”, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, and the USA might deem North Korea ready to talk.
Mr Trump later took to social media to hail the vote, thanking Russian Federation and China in a Twitter post for backing the sanctions that either could have halted with their UN veto, adding that he was “very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote on North Korea sanctions”.
North Korea said the sanctions infringed its sovereignty and it was ready to give Washington a “severe lesson” with its strategic nuclear force in response to any USA military action.
Wang said that apart from the new sanctions, the resolution also made clear that the six-party talks process, a stalled dialogue mechanism with North Korea that also includes Russian Federation and Japan, should be restarted.
North Korea reacted angrily, vowing to bolster its arsenal and mount revenge against the United States.
“The President can not deviate from the stance of the Philippines on what DPRK is doing but as I said, we’re willing to do a peacemaking role”, added the Foreign Secretary.
Trump’s warning comes as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits countries in Asia, where he attended a regional meeting in Manila at the weekend and urged Southeast Asia to cut back on ties with North Korea.
File photo taken on June 30th shows South Korean president Moon Jae-in and USA president Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. Moon’s office said that he and Trump had agreed to apply “the maximum pressure and sanction”.
While Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has not shied away from lobbing insults at North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, he was all warmth when he met North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho on Tuesday, August 8.
On Twitter, Trump writes: “The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea”.
The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote Saturday on a new sanctions resolution that would increase economic pressure on North Korea to return to negotiations on its missile program.
Still, the key concern is over China, the North’s economic lifeline and biggest trading partner. The UN estimates the move will cost North Korea $1 billion per year.
They committed to strengthening bilateral collaboration for the faithful implementation of United Nations sanctions, the ministry said.
South Korea’s top diplomat Kang Kyung-hwa had said she wanted to hear a response to the offer “as soon as possible”, when she briefly exchanged words with Ri on Sunday evening, according to the report. “If you really start to go down that path, I’m not sure how far the Chinese will go down with you”.
Two unprecedented tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles by North Korea last month were the latest signs that its weapons program is approaching the point of no return.
Tillerson conceded there would likely be a lag period before the sanctions “actually have a practical bite on their revenues”.
Tillerson said Washington would not “specify a specific number of days or weeks” before deciding that North Korea had indeed stopped its tests.