UN Security Council adds sanctions against North Korea

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said that North Korea poses a global threat and praised China's efforts to influence Pyongyang while also criticising Beijing over its continued

She called for a resumption of six-party talks - a series of multilateral negotiations to dismantle North Korea's nuclear programme attended by China, Japan, North Korea, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.

"The current North Korean program signals a clear intent to acquire nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, including those of intercontinental range, that pose direct and immediate threats to our regional allies, partners and all the world", Mattis said, adding that Pyongyang's actions "are manifestly illegal under worldwide law".

Nevertheless, reversing or slowing North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes has become a security priority for Washington, given Pyongyang's vow to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

North Korea's strategic rocket force, the Koryo Bank and two trading firms were also added to the list.

The measures impose a travel ban and asset freeze on four entities and 14 officials, including the head of North Korea's overseas spying operations.

Mattis paraphrased former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, after a participant asked whether or not the world was witnessing the "destruction" of a rules-based order founded by the USA in the wake of World War II.

This picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 28, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C-in white shirt) watching the test of a new anti-aircraft guided weapon system organized by the Academy of National Defense Science.

"While the North Korean regime has a long record of murder of diplomats, of kidnapping, killing of sailors and criminal activity, its nuclear weapons program is maturing as a threat to all", Mattis said.

"In the security arena, we have a deep and abiding commitment to reinforcing the rules-based worldwide order, a product of so many nations' efforts to create stability", Mattis said in Singapore at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a major defense summit for countries from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. "We welcome USA policy to strengthen its position". The resolution did not include the stronger sanctions that the USA had proposed over the last few weeks.

She also urged the US and South Korea to suspend their military exercises to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula, and said China is open to suggestions to restore stability.

"China's declared policy of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula is our policy as well, and also that of Japan and the Republic of Korea [South Korea]", he added.

Washington has recently sent its aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula.

The reclusive state said Washington will be unable to intercept its nuclear weapons and called the test a military provocation.

Haley urged all countries to break diplomatic ties with North Korea, stop illegal trade and do more to break up smuggling rings and cut off funding for the country's nuclear and missile programs.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, right, and Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada shake hands before a bilateral meeting at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-la Dialogue, an annual defense and security forum in Asia, on Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Singapore.

Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador Vladimir Safronkov, whose country borders North Korea and saw one of Pyongyang's missiles close to its waters, backed the freeze-for-freeze proposal, saying "the choice here has to be made in favor of using diplomatic tools to the maximum extent possible".

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