US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday that a UN Security Council vote to impose sanctions on North Korea showed that world powers were united behind a push for a denuclearized Korean peninsula.
The meeting between the two Asian nations was hours after the United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed to new sanctions that includes banning North Korean exports and limiting investments in the country.
On Sunday South Korea's foreign minister joined her counterparts from the US and Japan for a meeting in the Philippines in which Tillerson touted efforts to persuade nations to stop using North Korean labor.
Tillerson reportedly also stated that the USA would not content itself with the UN's adoption of the new sanctions resolution against North Korea but would continue to pressure China, Russia and other related countries to implement the sanctions. So if these are properly implemented by the customer countries, such as China, the sanctions could slash North Korea's annual export revenue by about a billion dollars, and that's a third of its annual exports.
Chinese state media on Monday outlined the limits of the new United Nations sanctions on North Korea, and also slammed the United States for its "arrogance", saying "Washington needs to understand that it also has a role in lessening tensions", Reuters reported.
He elaborated, stating: "This is not a 'give me 30 days and we are ready to talk.' It's not quite that simple".
For the US, it was a long-awaited sign of progress for Trump's strategy of trying to enlist Beijing's help to squeeze North Korea diplomatically and economically.
China has called for the USA and South Korea to suspend military drills on the Korean Peninsula in return for North Korea agreeing to a weapons freeze and returning to dialogue, but the U.S. has rejected this.
MANILA, Philippines | A global pressure campaign on North Korea propelled by sharp new United Nations sanctions received a welcome boost Sunday from China, the North's economic lifeline, as Beijing called on its neighbor to halt its missile and nuclear tests.
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The recent resolution, he said, sends a strong message to all parties that they can have influence on North Korea.
Wang said the two had an intensive conversation during which China urged North Korea to maintain calm.
"Just completed call with President Moon of South Korea", Trump said on Twitter.
"The leaders committed to fully implement all relevant resolutions and to urge the worldwide community to do so as well", the White House added.
Wang also urged the US and South Korea "to stop increasing tensions" and said that all sides should return to negotiations.
Trump tweeted that he was "very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote" on the sanctions.