Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Japan's Abe calls for enforcement of sanctions against North Korea

Japan's Abe calls for enforcement of sanctions against North Korea

According to the Unification Ministry, from January to August 2017, 780 North Koreans defected to the South, marking a 12.7% drop from the same period previous year.

He said that Washington has been carrying out a "peaceful pressure campaign" to compel North Korea to come to the negotiating table over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Moon will also receive the 2017 Global Citizen Award from the US think tank Atlantic Council on Tuesday for his polices "eradicating deep-rooted problems that exist in the political and economic system" and addressing the North Korean nuclear crisis.

North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile on August 29 and another on Friday.

The official added that Japan was monitoring North Korea's movements for another possible missile launch.

"Through my participation at the UN General Assembly, I will discuss ways to fundamentally resolve the North Korean nuclear issue with other leaders of the worldwide community", he added.

President Moon Jae-in on Monday kicked off a five-day trip to NY, where he will make his debut at the UN General Assembly and is expected to address the North Korean nuclear issue.

A week ago, the 15-member U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted its ninth sanctions resolution since 2006 over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

"As long as the U.S. and other Western countries, their allies and neighbors of North Korea - South Korea, Japan and other regional countries - leave open the possibility of external interference and toppling the current regime there, unfortunately North Korea and its authorities will continue implementing its nuclear program", said Kosachev, who chairs Russia's Federation Council (upper house of parliament) International Affairs Committee. "We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we could do at the Security Council at this point".

The state news agency KCNA, quoting the foreign ministry statement, said the economic restrictions - which USA officials estimate could deny the impoverished state more than $2 billion in revenue - were an "act of hostility to physically exterminate the people of" North Korea.

Haley added she was perfectly happy to hand the matter to Defence Secretary James Mattis.

On Sunday, US Air Force flew B-1 bombers and F-35 stealth fighter jets over the Korean Peninsula with allied fighter jets from South Korea and Japan. But the liberal-leaning government of President Moon Jae-in said it has no intention of requesting that the USA bring back such weapons.

Asked about Trump's warning last month that the North Korean threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury", Haley said: "It was not an empty threat".

Both countries are still technically at war since the conflict ended with a truce, rather than a formal peace treaty.

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