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ASEAN foreign ministers endorse COC framework on S. China Sea rows

ASEAN foreign ministers endorse COC framework on S. China Sea rows

It would also ban "the opening of new joint ventures or cooperative entities with" North Korea, according to a draft of the resolution seen by Bloomberg News.

"The Chinese side urged the North Korean side to calmly handle the resolutions. and to not do anything unbeneficial towards the worldwide community such as a nuclear test", Wang said.

Joel Wit, director of 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea monitoring project, said he did not think North Korea would agree to a suspension of missile tests unilaterally as a precondition to talks without, for example, a suspension of large-scale military exercises held regularly by the United States and South Korea, which it has denounced as a prelude for invasion.

China, North Korea's biggest trade partner, has said it is committed to fully enforcing sanctions, but that sanctions are not a lasting solution.

"We hope again that this ultimately will result in North Korea coming to a conclusion to choose a different pathway, and when the conditions are right that we can sit and have a dialogue around the future of North Korea so that they feel secure and prosper economically", Tillerson said at a news conference in the Philippines capital, where he was attending a regional security meeting.

"It's not that easy but it is a direction we need to work together towards", Wang said of the six-nation talks.

It was not immediately clear if Ri planned to hold other bilateral meetings in Manila.

Tillerson is meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in the Philippines on the sidelines of a regional summit.

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Kang met U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday and both described as a "good outcome" the passing of the tougher U.N sanctions.

Tillerson is offering his most specific outline to date of what preconditions the US has for talks with Pyongyang.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the stiffer measures brought the penalty imposed on North Korea for its ballistic missile tests "to a whole new level" and that the council had put Kim "on notice". It has long accused the United States and South Korea of escalating tensions by conducting military drills.

Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said new United Nations sanctions targeting North Korea are a "very good outcome".

India has been actively boosting its economic and strategic security ties with the Asean nations under the government's Act East Policy.

But short of war, which military analysts and diplomats say would probably lead to a devastating counterattack on Seoul, sanctions are among the few options the U.S. and its allies have.

A final copy of the framework seen by The Associated Press also did not mention whether the code should be legally binding, which most ASEAN states demand but China opposes, or the extent of disputed areas to be covered by such a code.

China claims almost all of the sea, through which $5 trillion in annual shipping trade passes, and its artificial islands have raised concerns it could eventually build military bases there and establish de facto control over the waters.


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