European Union hardens measures against North Korea over weapons tests

Sep 16, 2017, 00:56
European Union hardens measures against North Korea over weapons tests

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson placed the blame squarely on China and Russian Federation in response to the latest ballistic missile launch by North Korea on Friday.

The Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary appeared together following a day of talks on global security taking in North Korea, Iran and Libya.

President Donald Trump later played down the sanctions as "just another very small step" and "nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen".

The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, returns from his visit to the British Overseas Territories that have been devastated by Hurricane Irma today (Thursday 14 September) and will host a meeting with worldwide partners in London about continued co-ordination in response to the Hurricane.

Tillerson's policy adviser Brian Hook said the Secretary of State "never misses an opportunity in bilateral, multilateral settings to raise North Korea and the need to increase pressure on North Korea".

This is Secretary Tillerson's second visit to the United Kingdom since taking up his post, and follows his visit in May after the Manchester terror attack.

Tillerson said the provision was aimed exclusively at China because it supplies neighboring North Korea with most of its oil, as well as most of its trade.

Libya and North Korea were expected to be the focus of talks on global security, after which Tillerson and Johnson were scheduled to hold a joint news conference.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will meet with US State Secretary Rex Tillerson in London on Thursday for talks that will range from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma to Libya and North Korea, the British Foreign Office has said.

Johnson weighed in, saying he believes China can apply more pressure on Pyongyang as the country's responsible for 93 percent of the isolated nation's external trade.

"We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime", Tillerson said in a statement, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation".

Last month, North Korea fired another ballistic missile from a similar area near the capital that flew over Hokkaido before splashing down into the ocean, as well.

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