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N. Korea's foreign minister claims S. Korea's offer for talks lacks sincerity

N. Korea's foreign minister claims S. Korea's offer for talks lacks sincerity”

Hanoi's tensions with Beijing came to the surface in Manila on Monday when a scheduled one-on-one meeting of the two countries' foreign ministers was called off during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) foreign ministers meeting.

Beijing has been irritated by Vietnam's growing defence relationships with the United States and rival Asian powers, including Japan and India.

LISA DESJARDINS: North Korea officials so far have rejected any talks that include the US, but did meet separately in Manila with representatives from a pivotal go-between, China.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says he urged his North Korean counterpart to abide by United Nations resolutions and stop provoking "the global community's goodwill" with missile launches and nuclear tests. Five of the 17 were repatriated in 2002.

Apart from that, the statement said that the Foreign Minister also highlighted the importance of ASEAN connectivity and stated that it played an important role in the community building process and people-to-people ties.

Cayetano said: "Japan, Australia, and the U.S. are our friends".

"I asked several clarifying questions, just to describe the thinking behind that diplomatic note that we received, but I told them we would respond by September 1", he said, referring to Moscow's deadline to shrink the mission. "Obviously, we have other means of communication open to them, to certainly hear from them if they have a desire to want to talk".

Duterte issued the statement as he welcomed North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho during the celebration of the 50th Asean at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

The sanctions resolution, which China and Russian Federation voted for along with the three other permanent, veto-wielding members, was the seventh the Security Council has imposed on North Korea since 2006 when the country carried out its first nuclear test.

The defence ministers agreed on a visit by a USA aircraft carrier to Vietnam next year - the first such visit since the Vietnam War ended in 1975.

Wang also urged the US and South Korea "to stop increasing tensions" and said that all sides should return to negotiations.

Pyongyang also clarified that the nuclear program was prepared against a possible threat from the US, but it is ready to go on the offensive against countries that join the U.S.

President Donald Trump is demanding full and speedy implementation of the new penalties.

LISA DESJARDINS: To new sanctions, North Korea today reacted with its own threat.

The ASEAN foreign ministers meeting earlier made no mention of the ruling that was brought to the Hague by the Philippines. Vietnamese coastguard vessels also held their first joint exercises with their Japanese counterparts in June, simulating an operation to thwart illegal fishing in the South China Sea.

The UN Security Council voted on Saturday to impose fresh sanctions. She says it was a "very, very good outcome".



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