He says stopping the launches would be the "first and strongest signal". Very unlikely, considering the North's actions and decisions in the past. He's not specifying what those are. Though the reclusive North Korean regime did not formally respond to the invitation in the past, its state media outlets have made it clear there will be no inter-Korean talks in the near future until South Korea and the U.S. scale down their military activities in the region.
"Lavrov called on all parties involved to show the utmost restraint in order to avoid the implementation of negative power scenarios on the Korean Peninsula and immediately start searching for a political and diplomatic settlement through a comprehensive solution of the peninsula's problems, including its denuclearization", the statement said.
"The leaders committed to fully implement all relevant resolutions and to urge the global community to do so as well".
Duterte, the chairperson of Asean 2017, made the statement that North Korea "would be a good dialogue partner" upon the arrival of North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, who graced the ceremonial rites.
That ultimatum has raised the prospect of fresh conflict on the Korean Peninsula, if the United States decides to stop Kim's nuclear program by force. Instead, the US was represented at the dinner by Thornton, whose official title is acting assistant secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs.
Mr Tillerson's reluctance to meet his North Korean counterpart is despite his growing push for Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table with the US.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged "the North Korean side to calmly handle the resolutions".
But the USA has long said it would agree to talk only if North Korea agrees to denuclearization - something many analysts believe is unlikely with North Korea's weapons program having progressed as far as it has. She hailed the resolution as the "single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against the North Korean regime". One is that if the Communist regime in Pyongyang falls it could undermine the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party too.
The statements from Pyongyang come after its first direct statement on Monday regarding the United Nations sanctions package, criticising those measures and threatening to retaliate against the US. Beijing views the US missile shield as a threat to its own security.
"Sanction is necessary, but sanction is not the ultimate objective", Wang told reporters.
"China and Russian Federation are playing a different game and accepted "tough" sanctions to avoid USA sanctions on their own companies".
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.
In his only mention of South Korea, Ri accused it along with Japan of "blindly" following the U.S.
In the United Nations (UN), the Security Council voted unanimously last Saturday for a ban on North Korea's primary exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore, and seafood, for its continued violation of UN resolutions against missile and nuclear weapons testing.
Wang also said he advised his North Korean counterpart to take a "double suspension" approach to easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, an approach calling for the suspension of North Korea's nuclear tests and the suspension of joint military drills by the USA and Japan.
The North said it would take an unspecified "resolute action of justice" and would never place its nuclear program on the negotiating table or "flinch an inch" from its push to strengthen its nuclear deterrence as long as US hostility against North Korea persists. It is being cheered on by President Donald Trump.
Back in the U.S., President Trump also celebrated the new sanctions with several tweets and a statement from his press secretary Sarah Sanders late Saturday night.
Pyongyang also clarified that the nuclear program was prepared against a possible threat from the USA, but it is ready to go on the offensive against countries that join the U.S.
The ASEAN statement plays to USA interests while using language that's conciliatory enough to protect its members' ties with North Korea.