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UN Passes Resolution To Expand North Korea Blacklist

UN Passes Resolution To Expand North Korea Blacklist

But Mattis said that there is much more in common between the United States and China than the threat North Korea poses, and that he does not consider it a "binary" issue in which the United States can get help from China on North Korea only if Washington "walks away from its values" in making sure global waters remain open to all. The system could be used to defend against a possible missile attack by North Korea.

Russia, who historically is often a deciding factor in security council votes, condemned DPRK behavior, but not without voicing continued disapproval of USA military muscle flexing against North Korea.

The U.N. Security Council expanded its sanctions against North Korea on Friday, penalizing the country for its repeated missile tests this year.

Adding names to the United Nations blacklist mean a global travel ban and asset freeze, making the listings more symbolic given the isolated nature of official North Korean entities and the sophisticated network of front companies used by Pyongyang to evade current sanctions.

Mattis also directed severe criticism at China's land reclamation and militarization activities in the South China Sea.

"We oppose countries militarising artificial islands and enforcing excessive maritime claims", Mattis said.

"We can not and will not accept unilateral, coercive changes to the status quo" in the South China Sea, he said. Rep. Mac Thornberry, a Republican from Texas and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told a news conference later that he believed Mattis had effectively stressed the US commitment to allies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Speaking at a security conference in Singapore, he said such moves undermined regional stability.

Mattis said he expects "economic and political friction" in U.S.

"I believe that if China and the United States can ensure no conflict, as well as maintain mutual respect, cooperation and trust, it will contribute greatly to security in the Asia Pacific and the world", Lt Gen He Lei, the head of Beijing's delegation, told reporters.

The US today praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's emphasis on having freedom of navigation and adhering to the worldwide norms for peace and economic growth, amidst China flexing its muscles in the disputed South China Sea.

President Trump called the North Korean attempts to gain a nuclear arsenal an imminent threat to the United States and has repeatedly called on the north's biggest ally to do more to stop their nuclear testing. The latest flare-up in rhetoric was triggered by reports that the North was about to conduct its sixth nuclear test or fire a nuclear-capable ballistic missile. In April, Beijing halted imports of coal shipments from North Korea, one of the isolated country's few sources of income, but has taken a less confrontational approach than Washington with calls for more dialogue. In a question-and-answer session with his audience of national security experts from across the globe, Mattis was asked whether the US might attack the North pre-emptively and without warning South Korea in advance.

"For me, the troubling thing is I don't know what the strategic plan of the USA is", Cohen added.


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