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US moves to have North Korea suspended from Asia forum

United States decides to suspend North Korea from Asian forum
Washington is seeking talks on how North Korea could be suspended from the largest security forum in Asia as part of a broader effort to diplomatically isolate Pyongyang and force it to end its missile tests and missile tests. abandon its nuclear weapons program, US and Filipino officials.

Deputy Secretary for East Asia and the Pacific Susan Thornton told reporters in Washington that North Korea’s actions violate the conflict prevention goals of the ASEAN Regional Forum, which includes the United States and North Korea with 25 other countries.

The Philippines is organizing an annual FRA ministerial meeting on Monday in 27 countries to be followed by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

Tillerson does not intend to meet with Ri as part of the meeting, Thornton said. It is expected that with the United States, Japan and South Korea, to press for stronger action against the North, a verbal confrontation appears in the forum.

“What we have seen is a serious discussion about what it would take a member to be suspended from the organization dedicated to conflict prevention and preventive diplomacy,” Thornton said. “I think we will continue to have this conversation about North Korea.”

“What we did was discuss with the partners what they could do to contribute to this growing pressure on the regime and the growing diplomatic isolation of the regime,” he said.

Two Filipino officials told The Associated Press that US officials discussed such an opinion with Filipino officials, who told them it would be best to keep North Korea on the forum where they can be persuaded to stop the provocations through dialogue.

A North Korean delegation led by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Manila last week and told Philippine officials that they expect a “favorable environment” as a diplomat in Pyongyang attending ARF meetings in Manila, the official who spoke with the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly on the subject.

In response, the Philippine authorities told the North Koreans that they could not guarantee this because other Member States, such as South Korea, Japan and the United States, would undoubtedly increase Pyongyang’s continuous test missile.

They asked the delegation why North Korea conducted an intercontinental ballistic missile test last week, a few days before the ARF meeting, and should not be confronted with other nations on this issue, the authorities.

Speaking at a press conference in Manila Philippines, if he supports efforts to eliminate North Korea from the ARF, Foreign Ministry spokesman Robespierre Bolivar did not respond categorically, but said the grouping serves as an air concern and dialogue constructive. There was no clear procedure to remove a member state, he said.

Senator: How to really turn the screws on North Korea

Senator: How to really turn the screws on North Korea

Senator: How to really turn the screws on North Korea

(CNN) The dangerous behavior of the North Korean regime has continued to grow – with its intercontinental ballistic missile test on our country’s Independence Day and its intercontinental missile test last week. These actions must awaken the world.

The time for words is over. Such serious provocations deserve global condemnation and a specific determination by the United States and our allies. We must take decisive action before the situation on the nuclear war causes of the Korean peninsula.
Since coming to power in 2011, Kim Jong Un has greatly accelerated ballistic missile testing regime and ballistics also launched many cyber attacks against the United States and our allies. Last year, the regime has carried out two nuclear tests and tried some two dozen ballistic missile launches.

It is clear that we are rapidly approaching a point of no return when Pyongyang will have a capable and proven management system for the nuclear Oggie order to achieve and cause significant damage to the United States.

President Donald Trump now has to make difficult decisions to ensure that his government will use all the instruments at its disposal to denuclearize the peaceful Korean peninsula.

In addition to administering welcome measures to impose sanctions on Chinese entities and financial institutions doing business with North Korea, the leadership of the President will be required to take the next steps in what he called his “maximum pressure” approach.

First, I urge the administration to join me in calling on the world community to impose a total economic embargo against the odious Pyongyang regime. All nations of conscience must cut off all finance and trade with North Korea, with a little help limited exceptions until Pyongyang is ready to meet its international commitments for peaceful denuclearization.

The UN Security Council must immediately support such a ban in a new resolution that is binding on all countries. Last month, I introduced bipartisan legislation that bans any entity doing business with North Korea or facilitators to use the United States financial system.
The new sanctions of the administration may be only the first step.

The second: if Kim Jong Un intend to follow these missile tests, I expect the United States and react accordingly to announce new measures against this malicious scheme. Whenever there is a single dollar transaction that demonstrates the benefits of this system, I hope our Treasury Department found the blocks and make sure that those who allow these transactions can not do business with the United States.

Whenever there is a person who is complicit in human rights violations in North Korea and trafficking in labor, that person should never set foot in the United States and their assets should be blocked. Whenever a ship from North Korea transmits illicit cargo, it should be prohibited, as permitted by international law.

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