The ASEAN ministers called for a "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and for all parties to exercise "self-restraint" to deescalate the tensions and create an atmosphere conducive to talks. Stop testing missiles for an "extended period", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, and the USA might deem North Korea ready to talk.
"It is very hard to imagine that China would have voted in favor of a resolution that would hit North Korea's economy so badly if Beijing really believed that such a resolution would be fully implemented", North Korean Economy Watch co-editor Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein wrote in a posting on the blog after Saturday's vote.
The sanctions resolution that China and Russian Federation voted for was the seventh the Security Council has imposed on North Korea since 2006, when the country carried out its first nuclear test.
"We will be monitoring that carefully and certainly having conversations with any and all that we see who may not be fully embracing not just the spirit of those sanctions but the operational execution of those sanctions", Tillerson said.
It said the resolution showed the United Nations had abused its authority.
Reluctant customers, such as Ethiopia and Yemen, "might prefer to buy elsewhere, but because of price or lingering dependency have found it hard to cut Pyongyang out of their arms-related supply chain", Berger continued, adding that he Republic of the Congo is one of the many ad hoc customers that turns to North Korea as a sporadic supplier. Malaysia, however, downgraded bilateral ties in February following the assassination on Malaysian soil of the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Kang is echoing Tillerson's praise for the sanctions approved Saturday by the U.N. Security Council.
The new economic sanctions were approved amid the discussions in Manila.
Ahead of the meetings, outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte branded Kim Jong Un as "crazy" for "playing with unsafe toys" that endangered the entire region.
The UNSC has repeatedly adopted resolutions condemning North Korea's nuclear and missile tests. He voiced his support for the latest U.N. sanctions, but pressed for those measures to be accompanied by talks among the major nations involved.
"There is no bigger mistake than the United States believing that its land is safe across the ocean", it said.
"The best signal that North Korea could send that they're prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches", Tillerson said.
Should those talks occur, they would be the first military-to-military dialogue in three years.
South Korea's central bank reported last month that the North Korean economy grew by 3.9 percent in 2016, the healthiest growth in a decade-and-a-half.
"The fundamental reason for THAAD deployment is for our national interest and for the sake of our national security", Tang said, referring to Seoul's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense supplied by the U.S. "And we hope, again, that this ultimately will result in North Korea coming to the conclusion to choose a different pathway, and when the conditions are right that we can sit and have a dialogue around the future of North Korea so that they feel secure and prosper economically".