North Korea Mocks United Nations Sanctions -- Nuclear Missiles Are In Development

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2017

US Defence Secretary James Mattis on Saturday urged China to make more efforts to contain North Korea and warned that America will not accept China's militarisation in the disputed South China Sea.

"We can not accept Chinese actions that impinge on the interests of the global community, undermining the rules-based order that has benefited all countries represented here today including, and especially, China", he told some 500 delegates at the Shangri-La Dialogue which focus on defence and security.

The Trump administration has pledged to work with China on North Korea, but Trump has said the USA would act unilaterally if China did not step in.

China claims almost all of the South China Sea, despite partial counter-claims from Taiwan and several southeast Asian nations.

The U.N. Security Council on Friday expanded targeted sanctions against North Korea after its repeated missile tests, adopting the first such resolution agreed by the United States and China since Trump took office.

Group official Hong Sang-young says North Korea told his organization Monday that it won't allow the visit because of United Nations sanctions adopted Friday that Seoul has vowed to implement.

During a visit to Sydney this week, veteran Republican Senator John McCain accused China of being a "bully" and suggested Australia consider joining the USA and other Asia Pacific neighbours in future patrols.

Mattis said that North Korea poses an "urgent military threat".

"The order also blacklisted Korea Computer Center, a state-run technology research and development company that generates income for the government of Kim Jong Un, with reported overseas locations in Germany, China, India and the Middle East, Treasury said".

Mr Robinson said the U.S. and Australian officials were expected to discuss contingency operations and potential diplomatic approaches in relation to North Korea, which has sparked alarm across the region by carrying out nine missile tests this year.

Meanwhile, North Korea yesterday slammed the latest United Nations sanctions as "mean" and vowed to press ahead with its missile and nuclear weapons programmes.

China, which sent only a low-key delegation to the forum, said its ties with the United States were vital for the region. Mattis " did as good a job as could be expected by saying all of the right things on commitment, alliances and capabilities", Euan Graham, director of Australia's Lowy Institute for International Policy's International Security Program, told Defense News. He continued on to say: "We're working diplomatically, economically, we're trying to exhaust all possible alternatives to avert this race for a nuclear weapon in violation of ... the United Nations' restrictions on North Korea's activities".

Mattis used the Shangri-La Dialogue to reiterate his call for worldwide cooperation against violent Islamic extremist groups, such as the Islamic State, sometimes called ISIS, which he said are trying to gain ground in Southeast Asia.

"There's going to be fresh approaches taken" to various issues by Trump, Mattis said, while making it clear that he personally believes the USA needs to avoid isolationist tendencies.

"All states involved in territorial disagreements in the South China Sea need to adhere to the principle of the non-use of force", he said.

After meeting with President Xi Jinping in April, Trump, who once accused China of "raping" the U.S., praised its leader as a "good man", saying it would be inappropriate to pressure Beijing while Washington is seeking its help with Pyongyang.

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