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North Korea Displaces S. China Sea on ASEAN Agenda

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"We do not seek a regime change", Tillerson said at a press conference on August 1.

"[There are] a number of security interests of mutual interests", said Tillerson, "a number of economic areas of interest and I look forward to discussing those today in our ministerial, both threats to all of us and our common response to that".

Ri also said the North "is ready to teach the USA a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force... should the US pounce upon [North Korea] with military force at last".

The latest United Nations sanctions come as a response to North Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch on July 4, which was a successful milestone that was followed by a second missile launch of this type on July 28.

"China is the nation that could turn the lights out once and for all in North Korea".

Southeast Asian leaders also called upon the two countries to maintain "peace, security, and stability" by pushing for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Less than a week after Philippines president insulted his North Korean counterpart for conducting missile tests, he welcomed its foreign minister to an global meeting in capital Manila on Tuesday.

Tillerson, who was scheduled to attend a gala dinner Sunday, skipped it. Ri did not. 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 USA scale down their military activities in the region.

Kang told CNN the meeting was "unplanned" and only lasted a "couple of minutes".

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi said the resolution does not intend to harm the North Korean people.

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But Yonhap reported that Mr Ri retorted: "Given the current situation in which the South collaborates with the USA to heap pressure on the North, such proposals lacked sincerity".

The meeting came a day after Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tokyo had asked Washington to refrain from flying the MV-22 Osprey in Japan.

Wang met his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho on Sunday for bilateral talks that started off in a cordial way, with Ri smiling continuously as the two shook hands.

His first visit to the Philippines comes on the heels of Washington's call to downgrade diplomatic ties with North Korea that rejected the newly expanded United Nation's sanctions for its nuclear and missile tests. "The best signal that North Korea could send that they're prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches", he said.

Susan Thornton of the Department of State Pacific affairs and East Asia said the U.S. is continuing its campaign to intensify pressure on the regime. "This is really about the spirit of these talks and when they can demonstrate they're ready to sit with the spirit of finding a way forward in these talks by no longer conducting these missile tests", Tillerson said. "So it is all about how we see their attitude towards approaching a dialogue with us".

As sanctions take time to impact their intended targets, North Korea's testing of ballistic missile technology, and possibly nuclear weapons, is likely to continue largely unchanged.

The North Korean government said in a statement that the sanctions were a "violent infringement of its sovereignty" drawn up by a "heinous USA plot to isolate and stifle" the country.

"Sanctions are necessary but in no way the ultimate objective".

Speaking to reporters at a regional forum in the Philippine capital, Manila, North Korean spokesman Bang Kwang Hyuk said: "The worsening situation on the Korean peninsula, as well as the nuclear issues, were caused by the United States".

North Korea Displaces S. China Sea on ASEAN Agenda