Rex Tillerson arrives in Philippines for ASEAN Forum

  • Rex Tillerson arrives in Philippines for ASEAN Forum

Rex Tillerson arrives in Philippines for ASEAN Forum

During the meetings Tillers is expected to press China and other Asian Countries to take tougher action against North Korea after its recent missile tests. "Sanctions are needed but sanctions are not the final goal", Wang said.

"The aim is to bring the peninsula nuclear issue back to the negotiating table and seek a solution through negotiations until the denuclearization of the peninsula and the stability of the peninsula are achieved", Wang said.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un conducted to the country's latest weapons test late last month, when he launched an intercontinental ballistic missile believed to have been capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. With that approach, a tentative fishery agreement has been put up, "so Filipino fishermen are allowed to fish in the area which we believe is our traditional fishing area", he said.

Aside from the United Nations, the ARF was the only venue where the worldwide community, including Southeast Asian countries, could reach North Korea, a Philippine official said recently.

The latest, US -drafted resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood and prohibits countries from hiring additional North Korean laborers.

The US secretary of state is also due to meet with diplomats from China and other countries central to the North Korea debate. Existing joint ventures would also be prevented from expanding their operations.

Ministers from Australia, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russia, and the United States will also be in attendance. Kang is thanking the US for consulting with South Korea on the sanctions.

"It is the only venue thus far that we have to promote candid and free-flow dialogue, and to actually express our concerns to North Korea in a face-to-face manner, shying away from what Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano calls microphone diplomacy through press releases", he noted. "This is the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation".

He noted that the most divisive issue among ASEAN itself, South China Sea (East Sea in Việt Nam), was one that had undermined the basic assumption that ASEAN has always been solid in its external relations.

Earlier, the DPRK affirmed its launch of Hwasong-14 ballistic missile on July 28, the second consecutive launch of its intercontinental missile.

Haley personally thanked the Chinese for their help. "China does account for 90 percent of economic activity with North Korea", he said recently. In addition, nine individuals and four entities have been added to the United Nations blacklist, including North Korea's primary foreign exchange bank. "We share the belief that no country has a flawless human rights situation", it said.

He also wished Singapore well as it prepares to assume the chairmanship of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next year (2018), "doubling up as China-Asean coordinator".

"If there is an opportunity that naturally occurs, we should talk", Kang Kyung-Wha told reporters as she landed in Manila yesterday, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.