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Postado Agosto 13, 2017

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho also says that his country has no intention of using nuclear weapons against any country "except the U.S".

In issuing the proclamation, Duterte said the Philippines, as one of the founding members of ASEAN, recognizes the need to further promote and heighten awareness of the ASEAN, and instill in the minds of the Filipino people the importance, value, and meaning of the ASEAN in achieving and maintaining regional peace and sustainable development.

North korea says it will gain revenge of "thousand-fold" over the USA after sanctions were imposed by the United Nations following North Korea's recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests, according to the Associated Press. He said the ARF is the only regional dialogue where North Korea sends its foreign minister.

In the printed version of the speech, Ri said that the entire USA mainland is within firing range of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which is North Korea's official name.

"This kind of moral equivalency that's implied by the freeze for freeze, which is between the North Koreans shooting off missiles that are prohibited and our reasonably defensive exercises that we undertake in our alliance with the South Koreans to protect them from these launches, is not a reasonable kind of a trade", Thornton said. 'Only dialogue and negotiations are the correct way to address the Korean Peninsula issue'.

But North Korea is not in a conciliatory mood.

"[There are] a number of security interests of mutual interests", said Tillerson, "a number of economic areas of interest and I look forward to discussing those today in our ministerial, both threats to all of us and our common response to that".

In a telephone call requested by Seoul, Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in committed jointly to "fully implement all relevant resolutions and to urge the worldwide community to do so as well", the White House said.

The United Nations has placed sanctions against North Korea, but those sanctions will not be enough to put the country's regime in check, according to The Washington Post's editorial board.

North Korea is a participant to the ASEAN Regional Forum and has yet to comment on the ASEAN diplomats' concern over its nuclear programme.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who met Sunday with Mr. Tillerson and with North Korea's top diplomat, publicly urged Pyongyang to "maintain calm" and "not violate the U.N.'s decision or provoke global society's goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests".

China "hopes North Korea can echo this signal from the United States", Wang added.

The Philippines also avoided a pointed reference to the 2016 United Nations arbitral ruling that favored Manila over China.

"Beijing has made it very clear to Singapore what it expects on the South China Sea issue", said another Asian diplomat in Hong Kong who is familiar with the situation.

North Korea has drawn widespread condemnation for its missile and nuclear tests. China is North Korea's most important ally.