Korea, China from Inada and Mattis

Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un

Speaking at an worldwide security conference in Singapore, Mattis said the Trump administration is encouraged by China's renewed commitment to working with the USA and others to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.

Mr Fomin spoke at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an global security conference in Singapore attended by defence ministers and experts from 39 countries, including US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

While noting that what the United States aims to achieve against North Korea "is not regime change", Mattis emphasized in his speech that Washington will "continue to increase diplomatic and economic pressure" until Pyongyang finally and permanently abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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

For his part Mattis on Saturday pledged the USA would stay engaged on North Korea, calling Kim Jong Un regime's missile program "a clear and present danger".

The Security Council imposed six rounds of sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in response to its five nuclear tests and numerous ballistic missile launches. The hermit state's spokesman also revealed that their country will continue its nuclear weapons development program.

The public vote has been seen as a clear message to Pyongyang that the council is unhappy with their repeated defiance of the United Nations ban on ballistic missile launches.

The sanctions resolution "is a crafty hostile act with the objective of putting a curb on the DPRK's buildup of nuclear forces, disarming it and causing economic suffocation to it", the foreign ministry spokesman said in the statement carried by its official KCNA news agency on Sunday. "We believe the United States can engage China diplomatically and economically to ensure our relationship is beneficial, not only to the United States and China, but also to the region and to the world", he said.

"We desire productive relationships, but we can not allow China to use its economic power to buy its way out of other problems, whether it's militarizing islands in the South China Sea or failing to put appropriate pressure on North Korea", he said.

Once considered a strong ally, Russian Federation has backed fresh sanctions against North Korea.

Glossing over disagreements, the defense chiefs from Japan and France on Saturday welcomed US leadership in the Asia-Pacific to manage the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and maintain regional peace.

According to Mattis, President Donald Trump's administration considers China's commitment to the shared goal of denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula encouraging, but urged Beijing to act.

On Saturday, Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada expressed support for Washington's North Korea policy.

The missile defense system is built to take down North Korean missile, according to te U.S. military.

Allies around the world have been concerned about the commitment of the United States since Trump took office on January 20 because of his "America First" rhetoric and expectations that he would concentrate on a domestic agenda.

He again proposed a simultaneous freeze of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and South Korea and the United States' joint military exercises.

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