China says hopes North and South Korea can make contact soon

Beijing set for easy ride from Asean on maritime dispute

Filipino Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) greets Myanmar Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin during the reception for the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, south Manila, Philippines, on August 5. The annual security dialogue draws in 27 countries, including North and South Korea, the United States, China and Russian Federation.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said earlier that the ASEAN ministers were divided over a US proposal to remove North Korea from the ASEAN Regional Forum, a 27-member grouping that includes the North, along with its most bitter adversaries - South Korea, the United States and Japan.

'We reiterate our support for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner, call for the exercise of self-restraint and underscore the importance of creating conditions conducive for dialogue to de-escalate tensions, ' they added. As an aide to President Roh Moo-hyun, Moon helped craft the so-called "Sunshine Policy", which called for an increase of engagement in the political and economic spheres.

Both Cambodia and North Korea are China's allies.

North Korea says it ICMBs are a legitimate means of defense.

He said Washington would not "specify a specific number of days or weeks" before deciding that North Korea had indeed halted its tests.

At the same forum a year ago, South Korea's former foreign minister Yun Byung-se also talked briefly with Ri.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers, however, were split on an American proposal to suspend Pyongyang from the ASEAN Regional Forum, a 27-nation bloc that includes North Korea and its bitter adversaries the U.S., South Korea and Japan. However, they're not expected to meet one-on-one.

Tensions have risen the past several months as North Korea has conducted nuclear weapons testing, and concerns heightened with two successful tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles which experts say could possibly reach the United States.

The agreed two-page framework is broad and leaves wide scope for disagreement, urging a commitment to the "purposes and principles" of UNCLOS, for example, rather than adherence.

China's territorial disputes in the strategic and potentially oil- and gas-rich waterway with five other governments intensified after it built islands in disputed waters and reportedly started to install a missile defense system on them, alarming rival claimant states, the USA and other Western governments.

"Sanctions are necessary but in no way the ultimate objective".

The framework papers over the big differences between ASEAN nations and China, said Patrick Cronin of the Center for a New American Security. It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean laborers working overseas, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures.

Tillerson's remarks might be an attempt to try another tack by the United States, which also has tried to get Pyongyang's ally China to use its influence to prevent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from building a nuclear arsenal.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

'Despacito' dethrones Wiz Khalifa to take YouTube title
Statistics shared by YouTube have revealed that the " Despacito " video has been viewed over 1 million times in over 99 countries, with Morocco providing the most views in the Arab world.

Partial Lunar Eclipse To Be Visible Across India Monday Night
Officials at the Kopernik Observatory say it may come closer to our area giving us a higher chance to view it within the totality. A partial lunar eclipse is when the earth moves between the Sun and Moon but they do not make a perfectly straight line.

Ride Manufacturer Reveals The Cause Of Deadly Ohio State Fair Accident
Amusements of America, the company that provides rides to the state fair, said its staff also had inspected the ride. The ride, which was 18 years old, was reportedly inspected several times before and during the fair.

'It's about time' for millionaire's tax to fix subway: de Blasio
In response, the state's transit authority came up with an $8.8 billion plan to stabilize and then overhaul the subway. He said the state and city have short-changed the MTA for years, and a temporary tax would generate about $2 billion.

Other news