Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

USA urges China, Russia to act after N. Korea missile launch

USA urges China, Russia to act after N. Korea missile launch

Tillerson said the UN Security Council's sanctions against North Korea, including the most recent ones adopted on Monday, represent "the floor, not the ceiling" of the actions the worldwide community should take.

The move announced by European Union headquarters Thursday follows the Security Council resolution of August 5, which bans North Korea from exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood products estimated to be worth over $1 billion.

Including China and Russian Federation, the top U.S. diplomat called on all nations to take "new measures" against North Korea over its launch early Friday local time of what the U.S. Pacific Command said appeared to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile.

But the United Nations has agreed to weaker measures against the North - although the U.N.is banning ban textile exports, an important source of its revenue for the North.

"United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take", he said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is urging China to use its leverage as North Korea supplier of oil to get the North to "reconsider" its development of nuclear weapons.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was holding talks in London Thursday on global efforts to pressure North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs, and on the chaos in Libya.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson reiterated Britain's commitment to tackle "the aggressive and illegal actions of the North Korean regime".

China supplies North Korea with most of its oil.

They will then discuss the upheaval in Libya with representatives from the U.N., Italy, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, hoping to give impetus to U.N. mediation efforts.

"The Trump administration is continuing to review and develop its policy on Iran.no decision has been made", Tillerson said during the news conference.

"These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation", the secretary of state added.

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