ASEAN communique stalls amid disagreement on S. China Sea stance

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi waves upon arrival to take part in the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting and its Dialogue Partners Saturday Aug. 5 2017 in suburban Pasay city south Manila Philippines. Alarm over North Korea's missile tests a

ASEAN communique stalls amid disagreement on S. China Sea stance

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".

Following the foreign ministers meeting is Monday's annual ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), which gathers 27 foreign ministers - including those of Russia, Japan, South Korea, the United States, China and North Korea - to discuss Asian security issues.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono also stressed the need to protect freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea.

Foreign ministers of ASEAN and China on Sunday adopted a negotiating framework for a code of conduct, a move they hailed as progress but seen by critics as a tactic to buy China time to consolidate its maritime power.

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has no plans to hold talks with Ri in the Philippines, his aides have said, but could meet him inside one of the meetings.

Cooperation in the areas of small businesses and trade were highlighted by foreign ministers of the 10-member Asean and dialogue partners South Korea and Australia during meetings in Manila.

The United States, Japan, and Australia urged the Philippines on Monday, August 7, to abide by its own legal victory against China over the disputed South China Sea. "Afterward we met with the Philippine foreign minister to exchange views on bilateral relations, especially regarding ASEAN".

The United States and North Korea's neighbors are joining in a fresh attempt to isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs, in a global pressure campaign.

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North Kora reacted angrily, vowing to bolster its nuclear arsenal and launch "thousands-fold" revenge against the United States. Beijing is extremely sensitive about ASEAN mentioning its expansion of its defence capabilities on its artificial islands.

Thornton says the USA wants to ensure that with the new sanctions, there's "not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen".

The diplomat said Sunday Cambodia wants its sentiments on the Korean Peninsula better reflected in the ASEAN foreign ministers' joint communique, causing a delay in its issuance Saturday after the ministers concluded their meeting.

China delivered frank advice to North Korea, its outcast neighbor, on Sunday, telling Pyongyang to make a "smart decision" and stop conducting missile launches and nuclear tests. Trump wrote on Twitter in comments echoed by the White House, where officials said the sanctions were just the start of an amped-up bid to squeeze Pyongyang diplomatically and economically.

"It was a good outcome", Tillerson said of the Security Council vote. Kang is thanking the USA for consulting with South Korea on the sanctions.

On Sunday, Tillerson declared the latest United Nations sanctions a "good outcome".

News of the brief encounter on the sidelines of a regional forum in Manila came as the South's President Moon Jae-In urged a "peaceful resolution" to the tensions in a telephone conversation with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

The urgency of the situation was underlined by President Donald Trump's national security adviser HR McMaster, who told MSNBC news that the USA leader was reviewing plans for a "preventive war".

But in a characteristically fiery editorial before the latest sanctions were approved, the North's ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun warned against United States aggression.

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