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China says dialogue vital to tackle Korean peninsula crisis

Sunday, August 06, 2017 - 01:00

China's foreign minister said on Sunday new U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea were the right response to a series of missile tests, but dialogue was vital to resolve a complex and sensitive issue now at a ''critical juncture''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) China's foreign minister said on Sunday (August 6) new U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea were the right response to a series of missile tests, but dialogue was vital to resolve a complex and sensitive issue now at a "critical juncture". Wang Yi, who met on Sunday with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of a regional meeting in Manila, said both countries acknowledged and urged "fully and comprehensively" implementation of the U.N. Security Council's decision. The Security Council on Saturday (August 5) unanimously imposed the new sanctions on Pyongyang over its two July intercontinental ballistic missile tests, a move that could slash by a third the Asian state's $3 billion annual export revenue. The United States, which has long maintained that China has not done enough to rein in North Korea, negotiated with China for a month on the new resolution before putting it to the Security Council. The standoff is expected to dominate Monday's ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), which gathers 27 foreign ministers, including former participants in the halted six-party talks - Russia, Japan, the United States, China and North and South Korea.

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China says dialogue vital to tackle Korean peninsula crisis

Sunday, August 06, 2017 - 01:00