U.S., ASEAN agree on need for full implementation of N.K. sanctions

WASHINGTON-- The United States and Southeast Asian nations agreed Thursday on the need for full implementation of U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea, the State Department said.

The agreement was reached when Secretary of State Tillerson held a special meeting in Washington with his counterparts from the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement.

"Secretary Tillerson and the ASEAN Foreign Ministers discussed the tensions on the Korean Peninsula caused by the DPRK's nuclear tests and missile launches, and the grave threat posed to regional stability. They recognized the need for full implementation of all relevant UN Security Council resolutions," she said.

The meeting came as the administration of President Donald Trump has been stepping up its pressure campaign against the North while urging China, the North's main benefactor, to use more of its influence to rein in the provocative regime.

Last week, Tillerson chaired a special ministerial session of the U.N. Security Council and urged U.N. members to suspend or downgrade diplomatic relations with the North and cut off trade ties supporting Pyongyang's illicit activities.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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